What an amazingly accurate description of our Brother Charlie that was written by Johnny Melton. My dear friend, Duane McQueen of Lubbock and I fished with Charlie just last week. When we called Charlie to accept an invitation to “go fishin”, he gleefully told us that we would have to come to church on Wednesday night to receive the instructions on where to meet. He did not know that it was already the plan for us and our wives to go to FBC Rockport that night. There we learned immediately how much Charlie is loved by all of those who know him.
I felt as if I was writing Johnny Melton’s article as I read it. There is even an amazing similarity in parts of our backgrounds. I was in the Tile business for 54 years and we have closed the business. I also love Jesus. But the remainder of the facts of this true story belong only to Charlie. During our two days together we learned all about his spiritual life. Nothing was ever mentioned about any losses he may have had. Rather, he felt like the Apostle Paul when he said – “Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.”
In my 74 years, I have never known anyone quite like Charlie. The only thing not included in the story was that the very first thing we did after leaving the dock each morning was to ease over to the nearest island where he would stop the boat and shut down the motor so that each of us – me, Duane and Charlie could have a “good morning” visit with the Lord before we enjoyed ALL that HE had provided for us. The last amazing similarity is that I remember telling Charlie that “when I grow up, I want to be just like you.”. Certainly the humblest man on this planet!
Hello Charlie. I know you will be touring in the U.S. soon and I can’t wair. i’ve aledray subscrtibed my email, so i hope to see some dates. Hope Los Angeles will be on that list. And please take care of that exquisite violin, for it’s only as good as the one playing it.
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