Growing up near Pittsburgh (Go Pirates!) had lots of uniqueness. I grew up in a day when the milk was delivered to your doorstep and placed in a little metal container. How’s that for telling my age? I remember the milk though. It was called Meadow Gold. We also had Bordens mile delivered until mom started buying milk at the store (along with that gag nasty Carnation Instant Milk that she mixed so the milk would double and go farther). After all, 4 boys drank a lot of milk.
HAVE YOU HEARD THE STORY ABOUT WILLIAM BORDEN?
He was born in the late 1800s, the son of a multi-millionaire and an heir to the Borden dairy company. He did his undergrad work at Yale and earned a graduate degree from Princeton. But he left it all to follow Christ. As a high school graduation gift his parents sent him on a tour around the world. As he traveled he felt God’s call to reach out to those who had never heard of Jesus. He wrote 2 words in his Bible on that trip:
He knew that following Jesus would require a complete commitment. His dad insisted he attend a university so he enrolled at Yale. His passion for the Bible led him to start a Bible study that grew to over 1000 by his senior year. During his time at Yale he founded and funded the Yale Hope Mission in an effort to rehabilitate alcoholics and addicts. His father died while he was at Yale, leaving him a sizable fortune. Upon graduation, he wrote two more words in his Bible:
There would be no looking back. He planned to go to China, but needed to go to Africa to learn the Arabic language. While there he caught spinal meningitis and died one month later at the age of 25. He was buried in Cairo.
Some might say he was foolish, that he wasted his life, his family’s fortune, and his career, all to follow Jesus as a missionary only to die before realizing his goal of going to China. After his death, they found three phrases written in his Bible. The first two I have already given. The third tells it all:
No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets. Doesn’t get much more “all in” than those phrases. I’m not going to lie or sugarcoat it: I was moved by that story. Moved because I AM NOT THERE. Nope, not even close. I want to be. I want to follow without reservation. I want to follow not thinking of retreating. I want to end my life with no regrets, without a second thought that I have chosen wisely to follow Jesus. Borden=fool or Borden=wise. Bill=fool or Bill=wise. My choice to make. Yours also.
Your thoughts? Where do you find yourself? How does Borden’s story hit you?