"Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left;" - Joshua 23:6
"And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever." - Isaiah 32:17
David Baker, 96, walks now in the presence of Christ. I remember him with a love that was never expressed as it should have been. This post is a celebration of the Quiet Influence of a Courageous Man. I have had the privilege of knowing him since college days. The imprint on my life from his life was made by the steps of his youngest son. Three lessons stand out as I write this post. The first was the subject of an earlier post entitled, “I Don't Believe in Spanking!” You can read about that on my web site. The essence of it being: “Hands were made for loving.” As I remember it that statement came from this courageous man. It made a lasting impression on me. One I wish to pass on in a small way to you as part of his quiet influence.
The second lesson of this courageous man and his equally courageous wife, Ola, is that it is OK to talk to your kids about sex. That may seem strange to you but I was raised in family that didn't talk about that subject. As a result I carried, even into marriage, some misinformation and unhealthy attitudes toward the subject. It took years to overcome some of that. In hearing their son talk openly about this subject with me I was able to find the courage to read and study some good biblical literature on the subject and correct some of the backward thinking. God used them to allow us to learn to face the subject with a soberness and godly reverence I believe He wants us to have when discussing the subject. Quiet influence from a courageous man.
The third lesson I learned from him was to stand for convictions without contentiousness. I was shocked to learn that Brother David's views of the second coming were not what was popular among our brethren but he still loved and appreciated those who differed with him. And he stood for what he believed. Now in the presence of the Savior he finally knows whether he was right or not. As a young man I admit of being a bit contentious on this issue. Some may think I still am. But age does tend to mellow a man out. I used to like that word until a friend told me that the definition of mellow is “almost rotten!” Nevertheless, I see Brother Baker as a very courageous man with a quiet influence. I am one he influenced in a good and lasting way. I sit here hastily pinning these words to thank the LORD above for this man and all his family. Pray for his wife, currently in ICU, his daughter and three sons, their spouses and the many grandchildren and great grandchildren who will influence another generation through the quiet influence of this courageous man. O magnify the LORD with me!