100 Days to 50: Day 98 – The Most Influential Men in My Life

3. Ernest Ingram, Mentor and Friend

Ernest was my best friend when I was age 14. He was age 74. He was a deacon in our church, and for some reason he took a personal interest in me. Regularly, he took me fishing and rabbit hunting. He was such a good influence that my dad would allow to stay out of school often just to hang out with Ernest. He didn’t know it, but I had already begun to sneak around and smoke marijuana. It was a defining moment when he introduced me to another man as the “finest Christian young man” he ever knew! From that day, anytime I faced a moral decision, the words of Ernest rang loudly in my ears. I found myself desiring to become the young man that Ernest thought I was, and it was a turning point in my early years.

He taught me the power of the things I say to others.

He taught me the power of treating people with respect.

He taught me the power of making friends with young people as I get older.

I’m thankful!


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