Missed Woodstock & Have No Regrets!
Publicity the past few weeks about the 40th anniversary of Woodstock reminded me of how different my life has been compared to popular society. As a young man in my Mid-20’s when Woodstock took place, it struck me how revisionist historians are recording this event as something wonderful when for me it was most disgusting. So, when your grandchildren ask, “where were you during Woodstock” here is my answer!
We were a young married couple expecting our first child and drove from Ohio, to Colorado to attend an FCA National summer conference for coaches being held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Teachers and coaches were earning $5,000 per year along with an extra $100 or $200 for coaching stipends so this was a stretch in our budget. Learning coaching ideas from major college and professional coaches while our wives attended “cuddle” groups was wrapped into a spiritual high for us by hearing All Pro & All American athletes share their faith. Maybe since we were in the opposite end of the country, we had gone to Nineveh!
What has not been observed about Woodstock in retrospect is that many who did attend and also many who were living the Woodstock lifestyle back then, are now in our pulpits, boardrooms, and other parts of mainstream American life. You see, God’s laws of purity and morality were not suspended nor were they amended by the rockers. Obviously, God did not give up on any of the people there either. In fact, many learned that the Biblical lesson of what you sow, you will also reap is still in force. Thank God that He didn’t give up on those who went to Woodstock like I might have if I was in charge! I still thank God that I was not there!
John 21:25 (RSV) “But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”
Monday Morning Message Sent 8/17/09
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