I Chronicles 11:21 'How be it He attain not.'
This is one of the sad things which strikes a man in mid-life. How many there are, who disappoint their promise. Where are the brilliant-medal men of school days? Too often you never hear of them again. They have not 'attained'. Only .3 out of 100 mercantile men are successful. The 97 are not failures-just never reached the goal. They were 'men who disappointed their promise'.
Our text illustrates this in a very striking way. It is a report of mighty deeds. One killed a lion, on a snowy day, after killing her two cubs. Not a useful deed, but certainly a brave one.
My friend told me this incident--A young man saw an advt., in a magazine, of a saw that would cut 20 cord of wood per day. He went to the hardware and bought the saw. Of course, it was a power saw and he did not know it. He used it as a crosscut saw, but could only cut about 1 cord a day. The third day he went to the dealer and complained. The dealer went to the woods with him and when he started the- saw engine, the man said, 'What's that?' He then watched the agent work the saw a while and he said he understood. He then cut the 20 cords per day.
God has given all of us a great power in our hands. It is a gift God gives us at birth. He never takes it back. The sad comment is that so many of us are cutting only a cord a day when we should be doing 20.
What kept these men from attaining? Why were they not among the mighty mighties of David's army? We do not know. Perhaps unreliable men. Good enough to do a piece of reckless daring but not to be trusted in the common-place drizzle. Good enough to make a show on a parade. But not to be trusted on a long campaign or tedious march.
Sawing leftover logs from the 1966 Rollag Reunion. The 30-60 Aultman-Taylor owned by Tony Falk of Wolverton, Minnesota suppling power for the mill. This is a nice looking and nice running old tractor.
Wesley Hammond of Leicester, N. Y. is shown with his Olds no. 10 burr mill, (made by Saeger engine works), and driven by a 1915 Galloway 6 H. P. gas engine. The Sears and Roebuck corn sheller is driven by a 1939 John Deere 1? H.P. Model E gas engine. This display was at the 1967 Reunion of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, Inc.
We are thinking now only of those who do not attain because of moral reasons. Of course many fail because of physical reasons. One unconquered sin is often the secret of mans non-attainment. Perhaps it was true of these men. Slew a lion in a snowy pit but a tiger lust, which they could not or would not conquer, hindered them.
Jim Everest with his 25 horse Y type Fairbanks oil engine. He ran the engine 35 years ago at a stamp mill on the Tom Kelly Gold mine.
Jim Everest of Weaverville, California and his 7 Hp. Sattley. His collection of gas engines now numbers approximately 35.