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Summary: Reunions of the past and currently life and how will it be in the future.

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Past, Present and Future

Jeremiah 29:4-7

A few weeks ago, Renee and I headed off for a trip down memory lane.

Have any of you ever returned to your old elementary school or other place from your childhood to have a feeling that it was different than you remember?

The halls seemed smaller or other impossible physical differences that make the place familiar but different?

Many of you know that about a month ago Renee and I attended my 30th High School Reunion.

Several things became relatively real to me as the event approached.

- I started remembering some of my dreams for my future. Going to NY or CA and working in theater or the movies on the technical side of the business.

- I planned to marry my High School Sweet heart and together we would fact the world, ultimately living happily ever after.

- I planned to be a success.

On about Wednesday before the trip, I started to realize how long ago it was that I was in High school.

I know that many of you in here have me beat. I am just sharing a personal apocalypse, an unveiling, a revelation of my past.

It was like looking at a snapshot of my life thirty years, over half my life, ago.

I started to get a little uncomfortable.

For me and for many people, High School was one of the big uncomfortable milestones in life.

While I stand before you today as a suave, debonair, popular, secure, accomplished man.

-- In High School I was generally considered ……I am not sure that I can recall the right word from the 70’s. A nerd.

In HS I was one of the few kids that drove a really new vehicle to school. It was 1977, I had a job which allowed me to drive have 1976 Ford. It had custom paint job, the colors would make a Georgia Tech Yellow jacket fan proud, yellow with thick Black stripes. It had a big V8 engine with 4 in the floor. I guess I was spoiled a bit because it did not cost me a dime.

Because of this I could carry several friends to school on a regular basis. In fact I could carry up to up to 66 of my friends to school. I was the School bus driver and I drove on a route from my home to school everyday. Nerdy!

I was the film projector set up person. I ran the technology for the microphones and lights in our auditorium as the leader of the stage crew. Nerdy!

I worked as an office assistant answering phones on the old manual switchboard. Nerdy!

- Those examples are just the tip of the ice burg of my nerd like tendencies.

-- Let’s just say that I did not run, play or hang out with the “popular” crowd.

At the time I knew this was true. I knew that there were some circles that I was not wanted or welcome in.

I was not affiliated with any sports team. I was only in 1 club the Thespian society (Theater club).

But, there was one group where I was widely accepted.

I was in the band. I was welcome in the band. I had lots of friends in the band.

Members of the band are not automatically nerds. However, if we were to calculate a scale of nerds per hundred people, the band held the highest ratio of any group in the school. One exception might have been the physics club.


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