Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vestal Goodman and Johnny Cash

Vestal Goodman and Johnny Cash by Keith Cook

"...let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1, 2

The past few years have been difficult for some of us who have friends in the ministry and in the music industry. Vestal Goodman and Johnny Cash both passed away not too long ago. As I think about their lives and their music, I am reminded that both of these individuals had totally different lives, yet their music impacted thousands of lives around the world, and thousands for the Kingdom of God!

Johnny Cash was often referred to as "The Man in Black." Deep down inside, he really had a clean heart. He came to know Christ, he lived for Him, and he served Him. He often traveled with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He sang in Dr Graham's crusades and on television. He was not ashamed of his relationship with Jesus Christ.

Vestal Goodman who sang with the Happy Goodman Family, has sung all over this country, and our world, and has blessed so many lives by her music and testimony. Vestal sang with so much power, and I loved to hear her sing because each time I knew the love of God was in her life.

I had the opportunity to meet Johnny Cash on one occasion, and I shook his hand. He was such a gentleman. He looked me in the eyes and said, "God Bless You." He was not ashamed of Jesus.

We will miss both Johnny and Vestal because they were not ashamed of Jesus Christ. We need to realize that whether we are rich or poor, famous or infamous, Jesus Christ can give us a race that we can run for Him. We need to run for Jesus so that when we die, our friends, family, and acquaintances will talk about us as we talk about Vestal and Johnny. They were good people, yet more importantly, their lives counted for the furtherance of God's Kingdom.

Personal Prayer Focus: Pray that your life will be a legacy as you seek to live your life from God's perspective.

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