We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Lawn Chair Larry

On July 2nd, 1982, Larry Walter’s dream came true, as he did what some consider the dumbest and funniest thing ever done. You see, Larry dreamed of being a pilot, but because of his poor eyesight he was denied an opportunity to fly in the US Air Force. Then one day–20 years later–Larry wondered what would happen if he attached helium weather balloons to his lawn chair. Considering his idea a stroke of genius, Larry purchased 45 weather balloons and filled his lawn chair with all of the necessities: sandwiches, a CB radio, beer, and a pellet gun, just in case he needed to shoot a few balloons to lower himself to the ground.

The moment for launch had arrived. Without any further delay Larry’s friends untied the tether from the Jeep and lift off began. But something went wrong. After rising above his initial goal of 30 feet, Larry quickly rose to a height of 15,000 feet! Yes, you heard correctly….15,000 feet! As Larry floated over Los Angeles International airspace, several planes spotted something unusual and reported that “. . . some guy is up here with in a lawn chair with a gun in one hand and a beer in the other!”

Larry did finally get back to earth unharmed. He was invited on the Tonight Show and Late Night with Letterman; he tried his hand at motivational speaking and later worked as a security guard. And as funny as this story is, the ending is sad. At 44 years of age, Larry committed suicide.

It is important to follow our dreams. But it’s more important to follow dreams that are connected to a God who will make known unto us the path of life, in whose presence is fullness of joy, and at whose right hand are pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11).

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