Do you know?

Pastor Thad Gifford - Contributing Columnist

Twenty-two more days! I am so excited I can hardly wait! On Sept. 26, deer season opens in Ohio and I am going to be ready for it. I mounted some trail cams about a month ago. My bow is sighted in and ready to go. The arrows have been fletched and the broadheads are sharp.

Let the season begin.

A couple of days ago, I checked the trail cams. If you are not familiar with trail cams, they are simply motion-activated cameras that are hung on a tree or a fence post, they are battery-operated and record either pictures or video on a memory stick. They can take pictures or video during the day and even at night by means of infrared.

So every week, I walk back into the woods or into the fields and remove the memory cards and replace them with a fresh memory card. Then, I drive home where the memory card is put into my computer. I open up the file and check the pictures or watch the videos. It’s really neat to see what the trail cam captured and since there is a time stamp on each picture or video, I can know what time of the day it was when the image was taken.

It’s interesting to see what is happening at 11 o’clock at night or 3:30 in the morning. I have captured scenes of deer, deer eating, pawing the ground, scraping their antlers on trees and bushes, making a rut, rabbits, squirrels, birds, raccoons, dogs and even a skunk.

The excitement of retrieving the memory card is heightened by the images captured and viewed once I get home. However, there are times when there are no images at all. Sometimes, I don’t know if there will be a picture, a video or nothing at all.

And, in life, there are many things we don’t know. We don’t know what tomorrow holds for us. We don’t know what the weather will be next week. We don’t know what the message is about on our phone until we listen to it. We don’t know what is in the mail until we open it. We don’t know who the next president will be.

We don’t know a lot of things. But, there is one thing we can know — even be certain of. We can be certain of where we will spend our eternity when we leave this world. There would be some who would argue this point, but apparently they have not read the Bible for themselves. Because in I. John 5:13 the Bible clearly says, “I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

The Apostle John says that we can know where we will spend eternity because we have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. “To believe” means more than a temporal or head belief. It means believing that Jesus is the Son of God, that he died and paid for our sin debt and if we will receive Him as our Savior by confessing our sins to Him, asking Him to come into our heart and then live for Him, we will be saved and we will spend our eternity in Heaven with God.

So, do you know? You can!

And that is Something To Think About for this week.

Pastor Thad Gifford is the founding and lead pastor of the Crossroads Community Church, 62 E. Second St., London. He can be reached at 740-852-7800, email him at, or visit the church’s Facebook page at Crossroadslondon.

Pastor Thad Gifford

Contributing Columnist