When our time comes
"Let's have Bible study."
We were sitting around the stove in a wall tent 10 rugged miles inside Idaho's Frank Church Wilderness. Monty opened his Bible, read a few verses, looked up and said, "What do you think about that."
"We don't do that here," one member of the hunting party had pulled a fifth out of his duffle.
Monty just didn't want drinking in his camp.
"Can you believe God created all this?"
Larry was a seventh-grader on backpack camp. Monty sat with him in the evening, watching the sun set on Eagle Cap's majestic East Eagle Creek drainage. They talked about God and life and faith.
When Larry's dad died a few months later, Monty wrote him letters and encouraged him.
"Where are you going when you die?"
I was camped a mile down Mesa Creek with Rick Lancaster and five teenage boys. Monty had a camp above Mesa Creek Meadow. We invited him down to speak at our campfire, and he didn't beat around the bush. He told them about a lightning storm that caught him part way across a rock slide.
Monty said, "Lightning would strike, thunder would boom, he would jump, the mules would jump, Hershey (his dog) would jump. Then the rain came. I thought my time was up."
He looked at the faces around the fire.
"You never know when your time will be up. You need to make sure Jesus is your Savior."
Then, as if on cue, lightning flashed, thunder rolled, the rain came, and Monty walked back up the creek.
Monty will be the first to tell you he's not a preacher or a Bible scholar. He's a retired logger, an outdoorsman, a husband, a father and grandfather, a deacon in his church, and a friend. He likely spends as many Sundays in the saddle as he does in the pew.
He is all of the above. But most of all, he is a man who uses what he knows, what he has and who he is to live and share his faith in God.
This article is about Monty. It's also about you, and it's about me.
When our time comes, will Jesus be our Savior? When our time comes, will we be able to look back and say, "I used what I knew, what I had and who I was to live and share my faith in God."
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