Chapter 11 – Reflections – Pastor Lawrie Cottam: Farmer, Sailor, Preacher
What I intend to do now is to take a long backward look over the past 63 years, since that wonderful night when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ hook, line and sinker. I will try to present to you a few very important truths.
What did I learn from the five years working on the farm, both part-time and full-time, from the age of 12-17? I learned patience, especially from ploughing with two shire horses and a single furrow throw-over plough. I also learned the art of transmission. That is, conveying to various animals one’s own condition of temperament by contact with hand or voice. This also applies to humans.
What did I learn from my years at sea, especially during storms and the several invasions? I learned to assess people and to keep silent on occasions. I also learned observation, team work, give and take and the value of loyalty and sacrifice.
What have I learned during my service for Jesus? The value of a soul is priceless. The love of Jesus is limitless. To work for Jesus is a privilege. People are unpredictable and of a wide variety.
Three of the very best decisions I have ever made in my life are:-
• First to surrender my life to Jesus Christ and receive Him as my Lord and Saviour.
• Secondly, to take Nancy June Westbrook as my wife.
• Thirdly, after realising my own short comings and weaknesses, to determine that He, Jesus, must increase and I must decrease.
Have I any regrets? Yes. By and by, when I look on his face, I’ll wish I had given Him more.