The Journey Continues

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.

"Brother" Jim Lanning - Daily Record Columnist

Several years ago my journey took Jerry Bullock and I to Miami, Oklahoma to dedicate a historic grave marker for an old cowboy and rodeo performer named “Booger Red” Privett. We eulogized his strong character. After the ceremony, and out of the crowd, a man approached us who obviously wanted to share his story:  

1. “I am a Native American and have an assigned family Indian number from the Bureau of Indian Affairs”

2. “I was drafted and am a veteran of the Vietnam War.”

3. “I’m a truck driver, with many years driving experience in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas and Missouri.”

“I want to tell you a story about the character of my boss, who is the owner of the transportation company where I am employed. After the war (WWII) he was hired to drive a bobtail box truck with the assigned task to ferry shipments of eggs from Kansas City to St. Louis, MO. On his first trip, upon arrival at his destination, he discovered that the receiving dock had closed 30 minutes prior and would reopen early the next morning. Setting the stage, he parked in the remote side of the parking lot and made preparations for staying overnight. He placed his bedroll on top of the box.”

As he related this saga, he hesitated momentarily and a “know-it-all” bystander chimed in, “Sure, after the war finances were tight; he seized the opportunity to save money by sleeping out.”

Silence supported this information, but the story teller interrupted “No, that was not his reason---his purpose was to guard and protect his precious cargo.   He felt responsible.”

“His character was appreciated by the load’s owner—he was the kind of person that people respected and trusted to haul their goods.   My boss catapulted from driving that bobtail truck into the ownership of a huge regional trucking business.  Abraham Lincoln said, ‘Character is like a tree, and reputation is its shadow.’”

The story the trucker told resonated with me, and reminded me that people would rather see a sermon than hear one. The Golden Rule stated in Matthew 7:12, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” 

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