Larry Hawkins speaks to United Club

Posted 6/14/17

The United Club met on May 30 at the Golden Corral with Martha Bostic, founder and hostess, opening the meeting.

The group gave the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Denton offered the opening prayer. …

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Larry Hawkins speaks to United Club

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The United Club met on May 30 at the Golden Corral with Martha Bostic, founder and hostess, opening the meeting.

The group gave the Pledge of Allegiance and Paul Denton offered the opening prayer.

For Memorial Day, Bostic fixed up a table with displays in memory of the servicemen who lost their lives for our country and had everyone stand for a moment of silence in memory of the fallen servicemen.

For the devotion, she read 1 Peter 1:24-25. Bostic said she’d planned to talk about the Bible, but decided to talk about flowers instead.

She brought some red roses and said, “You know, the Lord, He loves us and He sees fit to fill the Earth and all the beauty that’s in it. You know, we just don’t take time to smell the roses. We all need to take out time to walk and see the flowers, the grass — the flowers are a lot like what we are and the Lord, He created them, He created us.”

The guest speaker, Larry Hawkins, passed out booklets. He brought several different copies of booklets of children’s bedtime stories that are based on each book of the Bible.

He said, “I just wanted to share with you some things that God has given me, and the purpose I feel like I have on this Earth. Sometimes we wonder why we’re here, and unfortunately I think of that every day.”

He attended Valley View and Oak Grove elementary schools and graduated from Bradley Central High School. He went to the University of Tennessee, majoring in electronics engineering, “but sometimes God changes our mission in life — I’ve been in sales ever since I was 14 years old.”

Hawkins said, “That leads me to my real purpose. I wanted to talk to you about.” He said, “People tell me that I’m like a preacher — I get up and I don’t know when to shut up. Well, I used to preach, and so I know that feeling.” He mentioned he used to teach and he worked in the church youth department for 20 years.

“In God’s infinite wisdom, He made everything that we see for one purpose, and that was us, so that’s my message,” he said

Hawkins also said, “We all as humans desire to earn more money, to buy better homes, to have nicer clothes — that’s just human, that’s just natural. Now, what’s not natural is getting caught up in it and letting it become your god, instead of God in heaven and letting it take the place of serving the Lord and that’s what I did after 30 years or so of gaining my fortune — we’ll call it. We built our home — had a huge house and 32 acres of land, horses, barns, all of this — and God said, ‘Wait a minute, that’s not what I wanted you to do,’” he said.

On Nov. 1, 2003, his father passed away then 10 days later, Hawkins said, when he was on his way to work at his office in Chattanooga, he got rear-ended by another vehicle and was involved in a four-car collision. For three months he was bedridden, but finally got a release to go back to work for two to four hours a day.

“I just still could not handle it,” he said. “(The wreck had torn) all the ligaments in my lower back away from my hips. The ligaments in my shoulder — all the way from my shoulder to my neck and I was literally — I couldn’t pick up a glass of water. I had to be hand fed, and so it was just one of those things.”

Hawkins said God told him, “I’ve got to slow you down and so we’re going to do it this way.” Well, stupid me, now hardheaded, didn’t really take the time to thank God, even though I was thankful that I’m still alive, and as I was coming back home, I started feeling a little sick.”

He said he managed to get home and up the stairs and five minutes later, he was lying in the floor having a heart attack.

“Fortunately, my son lived next door,” he said, “and he rushed over and gave me two aspirins, and the doctor said that’s what saved my life.”

He was rushed to the hospital. He gave his remembering of the episode in which he “died” and was in a coma for 10 days.

The doctors told his wife, “We did not save your husband, it was God.”

Ten days later he awoke at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga.

“So finally, God gave me the answers and he let me write it in a book — it’s a short book, it’s nothing earth-shattering, but it’s my story of what took place that led up to it and what happened during those 10 days while I was in a coma.”

Hawkins also told about a book he wrote before he first spoke at the United Club 26 months ago — “The Misadventures of Joe Bradley Mullens.” The character Joe Bradley was a mixture of Larry’s childhood and his friend’s childhood, the author said. He said his book sold in 40 different countries around the world.

“We’re just proud to say that God is using it, because Joe Bradley always gives glory to the Lord, good Lord in heaven.”

He mentioned that you’ll never find a curse word in any of my books or any use of profanity or anything leading to something along that line.”

Hawkins closed with a request to “remember me in prayer, because God’s not through with me yet. He said he treats his writing as a job and writes every day, while his wife goes to work. “I treat it as a job, because that’s what I’m doing. God has given me a mission and that is to write what he tells me to write,” he said.

Bertha McCallister, regular singer at the United Club meetings, sang “America, The Beautiful” before the meeting adjourned.

The door prize, courtesy of Steve Robinson of Cleveland Plywood, was won by Wanda Thompson.

Others attending were club recorder Shawn Markie, Edward Armstrong, Elva Combs, Shirley Shadden and Pat Thompson.

Jason Butte, pastor of Washington Avenue Baptist Church, will be the speaker for the June 27 meeting at the Golden Corral at 11:30 a.m. Meetings are open to the public.

For more information about the United Club, contact Bostic at 479-9207; Charles or Joanie Lupo at 478-5766; or Markie at 476-5426.

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