The New Testament writer of the Book of Hebrews utilized the eleventh chapter to remember and pay tribute to some well known and some lesser known heroes and heroines of the Old Testament. Our heritage and the people who contributed so much to our history deserve our notice and honor, and the Memorial Day holidays give us an opportunity to remember and revere them. For all who dreamed of freedom and democracy and worked and died to make their dream a reality, and to all who have sacrificed to keep America free, thank you for your gift to us. May we give to our children’s children that which our ancestors gave to us.


The New Testament writer of the Book of Hebrews utilized the eleventh chapter to remember and pay tribute to some well known and some lesser known heroes and heroines of the Old Testament. Our heritage and the people who contributed so much to our history deserve our notice and honor, and the Memorial Day holidays give us an opportunity to remember and revere them. For all who dreamed of freedom and democracy and worked and died to make their dream a reality, and to all who have sacrificed to keep America free, thank you for your gift to us. May we give to our children’s children that which our ancestors gave to us.
I have been and am inspired and energized by many great men and women who have touched and helped mold my life into what it is today. I pay tribute to and thank God for my parents, Ernest and Oretus Bradshaw! Limited in formal education, they were knowledgeable in God’s word and way for people to live; and their love and leadership for me and their godly example continues to motivate me. My Sunday School teacher, Lee Booth, and our music leader at church, Cephas Rushing, contributed much to my spiritual growth. I owe so much to a young lady, Rosa Dee Carter who, as a single lady, walked two miles each way on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights to our small church and led my Discipleship (BYPU) Class. She made us study and then stand before the class without book or notes and “give our part.” I owe my ability to speak before an audience to that dear lady. Thanks, Rosa. Deacons, Warren Gay, Dexter Williams, Scot Wakeland, Virgil Griffin, Teddy Eaves, and numerous others have encouraged me and helped make my life and ministry a joyful experience. Two uncles, Otis Bradshaw and J. C. Dilmore, taught me much about life and work; and almost every day, memories of time spent together continue to bring joy!
I can’t say enough about the 59-plus years spent with Miss Bobbie. We worked together to make a living; and together, we made life worth living! Thank you, God, for the memories. As I think of these and numerous others who have contributed so much to my life, I cannot help but look and ask, what will I leave for future generations?
The writer of Hebrews admonished us to remember our heritage and reminded us that the baton has passed to us. So to win, we must lay aside every weight that would slow us down, and deal with any sin in our lives that would trip us. With our eyes focused on Jesus, and with determination and stamina, we are to run to win our part of the race, (Hebrews 12:1-2).
So, let me encourage you to “grab the stick”’ and until your death or when Jesus comes, keep running. The reward will be worth your efforts.
You may contact E.J. Bradshaw at (337) 238-0440, or by e-mail at bradshawej@bellsouth.net.