Trading Faith

I have always tried to see the hand of God in my life.  This applies to the good, the bad and the ugly.  We did not realize it at the time but we gradually traded our faith for tennis racquets, golf clubs and the symphony.  We joined the Methodist Church but we lost sight of the church existing to serve others.  Tennis tournaments were after all, played on weekends.

Has anything similar ever happened to you?  Have you ever gone through a period when things of less importance infringed on things of more importance?  Life gets busy, priorities get outta whack.  In Chapter Twelve of Wendell Arnold’s new autobiography, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, Wendell shares hindsight of how tennis tournaments, golf games and the symphony gradually took over their weekends, including Sundays. Before he knew it, Wendell and his family were attending church as frequent as the skips were originally intended.  Instead of skipping church every now and then, church attendance became every now and then.

It can be easy to let priorities slip, to allow other wants to creep in.  Exercising, studying, attending church, the book club or other social gatherings which used to have high importance, can take a back burner to the “busy-ness” of our lives.  In some cases interest is truly lost, in others, certain things have been outgrown, but in many instances we fool ourselves into thinking things can “slide” due to changed perspective.  And life is all about perspective.  The way Dr. Arnold saw it in the 1980’s, playing tennis and golf instead of attending church was no big deal, this was life and life was happening.  But looking back on it, it seems as though he might have chosen differently.  Oh, if only we could make choices based on hindsight!

Wendell also shares a bit of his work in this chapter.  Shortly after he and his family move to Carmel he is sent on a business trip to Chicago and the storyline gets more intriguing.  Does Wendell pick up on the women’s advances?  Does he think of his wife and children in the midst of having dinner with a beautiful woman of high power?  You can find out by getting your signed copy of Wendell Arnold’s book, FROM THE COTTON PATCH TO Ph.D., GOD’S MANAGEMENT OF MAN THROUGH THE EYES OF A SCIENTIST, available at  The book is also available at,,, and on the kindle, nook and google e-book.  Telephone orders may be placed by calling (866) 909-BOOK (2665).  But the only place you can order a signed copy is, where you can pay using your credit card, PayPal or mail us a check.  LOCALS TO LOX ONLY – You may choose the options for COD and local pickup if you would like me to bring you a book.  Thanks!



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