077 - Forward Momentum

"In the Midst of Thee" - volumes 1 & 2 contain 200 favorite Glenn Rawson Stories - at: History of the Saints . org

From “In the Midst of Thee” – volume 1.

You know, in a way, life is a lot like this radio thing. We only have a limited amount of time; it’s very valuable; and so we need to make the most of it. So, in the spirit of making the most of our time, may I share a story?

When I was just a boy, my dad and I went deer hunting one Saturday. In order to get [to] where we were going to go to hunt, we had to travel over a small mountain pass in central Idaho. As we approached the pass, the road became slick with fresh fallen snow. I didn’t pay much attention to the snow; that is until we came to a steep banked curve on the pass. The curve turned left, and banked away from the mountain to a steep drop-off. Well, as we went into the curve, the car slid sideways with the back end threatening to slide off the mountain. I – I remember I was convinced at the time we were going to die. I panicked and yelled for Dad to stop. Strangely, he just grinned – you know that kind of grin that says ‘I know something you don’t’ – and he said,

“I can’t stop.”

Well, I thought he was crazy. If we didn’t stop we were going to slide off the mountain back end first, and roll forever. Quickly he explained that as long as he kept the rear wheels going forward we were less likely to slide off. I still don’t think I believed him; that is until just a moment later when something forced him to stop. And as soon as he did, in spite of the fact that the brakes were locked up, we began to slide backward out of control toward the edge. Now I really panicked! I remember looking out the back window of the car and all I could see was sky.

Coolly, my dad threw the power again to the rear wheels, and they began to dig and scratch, and spin. We stopped sliding. It seemed like it took forever, but gradually we inched our way around that curve, the car straightened up, and we went on our way.

I will be forever grateful to a father who understood a simple principle, that unless there is power applied in the forward direction we will slide backwards, not stand still.

Now the point: So it is with life. The road to our heavenly home is slick, steep, and fraught with many perils, and there is no standing still. Either we are going forward, or we are sliding back. The power must be continually applied. How?

Well, each time you and I keep the commandments, pray, and search the scriptures, individually or with our families, we throw the power to the wheels once more, and move forward. And I know, sometimes its seems like you’re only moving inches if you’re moving at all, and you wonder if its worth the battle and the opposition. But I promise you that if you persist in these righteous things, as my dad saved me, by the grace of God you’ll save yourself and your family.

Glenn Rawson – January 1998
Music: Follow Me, track 4 (edited) – Mark Small & Robert Torres
Song: Line Upon Line – Saturday’s Warrior Soundtrack