March 30/Luke 19

Well yesterday we had a great anniversary. Cleo and I spent time together; she also went shopping and I hung out at the place where  I used to sell motorcycles and then in the evening we took care of our granddaughters. At our age we figured it didn’t get any better than that!

I love the story of Zacchaeus. If you ever wondered what it means to be ‘Born Again’ read this story. Zacchaeus was probably a guy you would label ‘least likely to be saved or born again’. I had a friend in the Air Force whose name was Al. I would have labeled Al as least likely to get saved. I met Al when I was stationed in Tucson, Az. On my first night there Al heard I was from Minnesota so he came down to welcome me and let me know that he also was a Minnesotan from Eagle Bend. We hit it off pretty well. Al was almost as wide as he was tall and very strong. He used to pick me up and body slam me against the wall  of our barracks room and then just hold me there off the floor and laugh. Al was also a barroom brawler. He loved to get drunk and then pick fights. He usually won! In fact back in his home town at the local bar they kept a jar on the counter by the till with teeth in it that Al had knocked out of guys! One local cop would never come to the bar to take Al out when he was rowdy; they always came in 3’s!. Al had my vote for least likely to get saved. In 1973 Al got out of the service and I lost touch with him.

I came back to Jesus in November of 1973. I got out of the Air Force in April of 1974. Fast Forward to 2002 and I am selling janitorial supplies for Stein’s Inc. in Moorhead, MN. Detroit Lakes was on my route and I made a call to the D.O.T headquarters there to see if I could drum up some business. The person at the front desk said I would have to talk to her supervisor Al, she used his last name but I won’t use it here. When I heard the name I asked if this Al used to live in Eagle Bend and she said she thought he did. She phoned ahead and then said that he would see me. So I went to his office and there sat the Al I knew in Air Force! We hadn’t seen each other since ’73 and he still could pick me up but this time he didn’t body slam me to the wall! We started talking and right away I told him I had given my life to Jesus and then shocker of all shockers Al said he had too and that he had become an alcoholic and a wife abuser but the Lord had delivered him and put his marriage back together. Al had even organized a few short term mission trips! Wow what a reunion we had! I told him I had labeled him least likely to get saved and Al said, “Never underestimate what the Lord can do!” Side note > Al gave me some business:)

The story of Zacchaeus and Al should inspire us all not to give up witnessing and praying for those ‘least likely to get saved’ because nothing is impossible with God. If you are lost you can’t get anymore lost! And Jesus came for the lost!

Luke 19:10 (NLT) — 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mark Gundersen says

    We have a slightly different telling of the parable of the talents here. We have both the typical discussion about using what we are given to improve the kingdom but also a warning about the fate of Jerusalem due to not recognizing Jesus. The question is what are you going to do with Jesus and the resources He provides?

  2. Happy anniversary plus a day! I loved the Al story that reminds me I don’t see people the way God does.

  3. Happy Anniversary! That’s my idea of a perfect day, too! Shopping and grandkids!!