Fairview Baptist Tabernacle
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Staying Connected
 Archived Pastor's Desk 2017.09.03

September 3 – September 9




Scripture Passage:  “Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.”  Ecclesiastes 5:18


Dear Friends,


     Happy Labor Day!  This became a national holiday started in 1894 to celebrate the working men and women of the United States.  Much is said of the wealthy and elite and their impact on the economy of the world.  Much is said of the poor, and often lazy, and their burden upon the taxpayers and their “bottom line.”  Little is said of the common men and women who get up every day and go to work making the wheels of progress turn.  They are the backbone of America and without them the mechanism of American industry would grind to a halt.  I find these people come in all colors, shapes and sizes.  They come in all levels of abilities and intelligence.  They even come in two speeds – fast and slow, but the end product is one of exceptional quality and national pride.  The product and services we expect and enjoy come from the hard work of common people of all nationalities around the world. 


     I am proud of the callouses on my hands. I have what most people would call a desk job, but I enjoy the fruits of hard work, sweat, and toil.  I try to do everything I can for myself without hiring someone else.  I enjoy the feeling of accomplishment I receive when I fix something or complete a task.  I receive executive pay for my “blue collar” work ethic and I hope the church feels like they get their money’s worth.  I would rather wear bib overalls than a suit and tie.  I would rather be outside than sitting at my desk under the air-conditioner.  I would rather be getting my hands dirty than dealing with the mental stress of my job, but it takes all these things to make up the complex creature you call “Pastor Johnny.” 


      Finally, it is important for you to know something about my family history.  The greatest compliment you can give one of the Carr children is to say they are a hard worker.  The worst put down is to call them lazy.  Those are fighting words because my family is known for its work ethic.  We take pride in who we are and so does our Heavenly Father when we honor Him through our labor.  Be persistent and persevere to the end for it is one of the marks of a true child of God.  God bless the working men and women of America. 


In Christ,


Pastor Johnny



Pastor Johnny