Things May be Better Than You Think
By Dr. Dale A. Robbins
"Hi Pastor! Remember me?" I reached out to shake the visitor's hand, while performing a quick review of my memory banks, but it was no use. "I hope you'll forgive me. I just can't place you," I said. With a big smile on his face, the gentleman replied, "You haven't forgotten me already have you? I'm Martin!"
Ah yes, it began to came back to me as I placed his name with his face. Martin had been a church member at one of my former pastorates. "Why Martin... it's great to see you again!" How are things with you?" I said.
As Martin talked on, my recollection of the past grew stronger, but my enthusiasm began to diminish as I remembered that my association with him had not always been all that pleasant. If memory served me, Martin was never happy with me or the church. He complained often, was a frequent dissenter at business meetings, and had even left the church on several occasions. Predictably, his conversation soon took on a negative tone, but with a surprising twist. "Things have never been the same at that church since you were there," he said. "Those were the good ole' days!"
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