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I have just lost one of my friends from our college days, Doug Strother, who was also a member here at Trinity. Though Doug and I taught Hunter Safety and Education together for nine years, our adventures started back in 1967 when we both ended up at Louisiana College together. Doug was best known as “Coach” by the hundreds of students he taught and coached for almost 40 yrs. There are too many stories about our hunting back in the college days and even once I came to Trinity to tell in these teachable moments. What I wish to share goes back to a class in Kinesiology. Doug started college in 1962 but had not applied himself and had made a decision to start again. That is hard to do, especially when you have professors who saw your earlier results that fell short. When we began the course, the professor came up to us and whispered to Doug, “You should accept that some folks are not equipped for college that is why technical schools are around.” I could not believe he said such a thing, but it did not faze Doug one bit. He looked at me and said, “I’ll just have to show him”. Well, the rest is history; Doug did graduate and become a well loved and honored teacher and coach. And, oh yeah, Doug scored so high in that coarse that he was exempted from the final. When it was announced, he simply looked at me and winked… that was an “I told you so.” The teachable moment…. Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” Doug reaped failure when he did not try to be successful, but he turned that around and succeeded once he made the decision that failure was no longer an option. You truly do “reap what you sow”.