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kenscompass largeSo you can't give just any present for a 60th. I knew I wanted to give our dear friend Ken something symbolic, representing "who" he is to us, not just celebrating another birthday. As I prayed to the Lord for inspiration, something that might "show" Ken time and time again, who we count him to be, an image came to mind.

Now, I'm not saying God gave me a vision (I'm just not that cool), but I do think he prompted my mind with an idea. The image of a compass came to mind. I wanted Ken to know that I know that he has dedicated his entire life to pointing people "due north", down the straight and narrow path. He has been a steady and sure guide in many, many people's life storms.

How many times has Ken asked someone, "What do you think the Lord is doing in your life right now?", allowing the Holy Spirit to funnel strength and wisdom through him to the lucky soul sitting across from him, helping them to believe, even desire, to take one more faithful step down the unique path that God has created just for them.

No doubt, I spoke with 30 antique dealers and walked into 15 shops personally, looking for a compass. After coming up empty over and over again, I finally heard, "Yep. I have a real nice one. Wanna come see it?"

It was a World War II, standard issue Army compass, and at that moment, I suddenly realized that was perfect. I didn't need a nautical compass. I needed a compass that had been in war. Ken, a minister of 40 years, is a spiritual warrior.

"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Ephesians 6:12-13

It was all coming together. I did a quick google of the facts, thinking that I remembered that WW II was nicknamed, "The Great War". I wanted to tell Ken he was a warrior in "The Great War". Good stuff, huh? Instead, I found out the Second World War is not nicknamed "The Great War". That was World War I. The Second World War is sometimes referred to as, "The People's War".

As a follower of Christ, if there is ANYTHING we are in, it is "The People's War". Do not be mistaken friends: we are at war, and people – real people – are at stake. And it is with that reality in mind that one day I so long to hear the Lord say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant, friend, child." Don't you? Fight the good fight today. In some small way, or in some courageous and enormous your part in pointing another person "due North".

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