Who Are Those Guys? (And What Have I Become?)


“Who are those guys?”,  (referring to those tracking the outlaws), was a question that Butch Cassidy posed to the Sundance Kid in the movie of the same name back in 1969. I was left with the same question when an old friend of mine sent me a picture of a team reunion held a few years ago,  that was held for a championship softball team I played on back in 1980. I was out-of-town and missed the event but he sent me a photo of my teammates, some 33 years later. He could have sent me a photo of any nine guys. I didn’t recognize most of them.  Forced to pick each out of a lineup, (no pun intended), I would fail miserably.

I have only attended one high school reunion. It was my twentieth. I recall they gave us badges with our names on them and a sticky photo of our graduation picture to slap on our chests. At the greet in desk I thought it was pretty cheeky to have to wear a stick on picture of me when I was eighteen.  However, I soon found out that the saving grace of the night was being able to look at that photo plastered on each of my classmates so I could recognize who I was talking to.  Of course I felt I didn’t need such identification because I looked the same.  However, my confidence soon was shattered as I saw several of my former friends first glance at my photo, then to my face,  prior to greeting me with open arms. Could it be that twenty years had changed me also? I think we all know the answer.

As an aging boomer I have come to accept the fact that my youthful look is behind me. I no longer get any glances from the opposite sex when I walk the mall nor do any flirtatious remarks come my way from mysterious women. It’s probably because they see my ring. But who am I fooling?

I am reminded that there is little room for vanity as you age. The words of the Savior found in Matthew come to mind:

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.” (6:19)

Father time comes as a “thief” in the night and before you know it you are headed on the down side of life. And although time can rob us of our health and looks, it can be a great blessing in molding us into the kind of person that God would have us be.  In that regard, time is on our side.  Through its course, time allows for us to become more christ-like. This is the great blessing of time. I am in hopes that, through time,  all of us will be able to present ourselves to the Lord with full purpose of heart. Then he will say, “Who are those guys?’, because we will have changed and become like unto Him,  who is the creator of the plan of salvation, even our Father.

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