Hello, I'm Keith Reedy
Most of the people in my home town knew me as the man who recorded Drinkin'
Billy's Beer. Or you might have known me as that vulgar blind man who drank
too much and played and sang in just about every honky tonk tavern and night
club in the Wabash Valley area. Some years ago that would have been true. I
hope you will read the rest of this and allow me to share with you the changes
that have taken place in my life.
Almost 18 years of my life were taken up with the sole task of trying to be
the best I could possibly be at my profession which was singing and playing
music, mostly country music. A person who can work for many years in taverns
and night clubs and not become a part of what goes on around them is an exception
indeed. I was not an exception. Before I was 20 years old, I became a part of
the "I want what I want. To Hell with what everyone else wants" crowd.
I had gained an attitude about life that left very little room for the wants
and considerations of others. I kicked, scratched, clawed and practiced and
finally began to achieve my goals one by one.
In my lifetime I have gained a good deal of ground as a professional musician.
I traveled across the country for two years, booking out of Nashville, Tennessee
all that time. I had a chance to share a stage with some of the nation's top
country artists and had a couple of records that were moderate regional successes.
I had all I wanted to drink. I had the morals of an alley cat. I never had as
much money as I wanted. I made more than my share of financial mistakes and
would you believe I woke up one morning and asked myself: "What happened?"
After a bit of sober consideration, it was easy to see what had happened. My
entire life up to that point had been a product of stinkin' thinkin'. If you
pour clean, clear water into a pitcher that is what you will pour out; but if
you pour muddy, murky, foul smelling water into a pitcher, that is also what
you will pour out. At this point I had discovered what had gone wrong. My next
step was to find out why. I was playing what I thought was the only game in
town. I didn't know of any other way to live, and, until then, I was unwilling
to learn about any other way.
The third step in the process took place when my soon to be wife, Suzie, and
I started attending her church. Our only goal in attending that church was to
get married in it.
Some months before, however, I had begun to lean on a power much greater than
mine, without knowing it, I had begun to search for Christ.
After we were married, we began to attend the church quite often. Through the
messages and patient explanations of a pastor, Paul Gordon, I began to learn
about things that had never before concerned me, like the unbelievable peace
and power available to a person because of Jesus Christ, as well as life after
death. I learned how I could have this power, peace, and certainty in my own
life. I learned that it was not necessary for me to give up any of my bad habits
to accept Jesus Christ as my savior and to be accepted into the family of God,
and that over the remaining years of my life, God will gently help me to remove
those things from my life that have no place there.
I learned some very basic truths from a very old book, the Bible. I learned
about Someone who knew who I was and what I was feeling...and what I wasn't
feeling inside all the time, someone who could give me relief from my pain,
both mental and physical, on this earth and a new life after I die. I learned
that by totally believing in Jesus Christ, these things, plus countless others,
could be mine, and no one could ever take them away from me. I needed to understand
that everyone is born with the nature and the ability to do wrong..."For
all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23), and
that the period of forever after my death, unless my direction was changed,
would definitely be spent in a very real place called Hell..."For the wages
of sin is death (Hell) (Romans 6:23a). "And death and Hell were cast into
the lake of fire" (Revelation 20:14). "But the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our LORD" (Romans 6:23b). I learned that through
one man's unselfishness and death on a cross some 2000 years ago, my direction
could be changed. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou
shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9). I learned that no matter who I was or what
I had done, all I had been lacking could be mine simply by believing in Jesus.
If I believe in Jesus with all of my heart and ask Him to do so, that He would
save my soul and change my life. So in the best way I knew I just began to talk
to God in my own words something like, "Lord, I know I'm a sinner. Please
forgive me for the things I've done. Jesus, please come into my life and help
me to change things and take me to Heaven when I die."
It sounds too simple to be true, I know. But every one of the basic truths
Having read this, I'm sure you can see a lot of me in you. Read it carefully
again and ask yourself, "What do I have to lose?" The final answer
will be: Without the love and protection of God's son, Jesus Christ, you have
EVERYTHING to lose. With His love and guiding hand in your life, you have life
eternal, a peace in your life right now, and an understanding of yourself and
others that you never thought possible, to mention just a few things.
When you accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your life, don't expect a clap of
thunder and a bolt of lightning because chances are, it won't happen. Keep in
mind that God has planted a seed. Water it, nurture it...it will grow...you
will grow. If you haven't accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into your life, I pray
that you will. Remember, just talk to Him in your own words!
In Christ service
for God's glory,
If you choose to accept Christ in to your life drop me a line or give me a call
and I will send you a little book on how to get started in the Christian life,
it's free, so is Christ's love. Please! Just talk to Him, in your own words.