October 3, 2021
661 Words – 3 Minute Read

The question found in today’s title just requires one answer. It reminds me of a story many years ago, when I was a student in seminary. We had a member of my class who had just finished a career as a school teacher. His grandfather told the young man, “Joe, you were always so good in church, teaching Sunday school classes, filling in for the pastor when he had to be gone, and doing so many things around the church that I know you dearly enjoyed. If you’ll agree to it, I will pay your way to any Seminary you might want to go to.”

Joe said, “Pops, you are right. I always thought it would be nice someday to maybe pastor a little country church somewhere, even if just part-time.” So the deal was set. Joe, for some reason, chose to go to the seminary I was attending. I never asked him why. I wish I had asked him that question, but never did.

Joe was a gifted student, wanting to learn all he could in the art of preaching. One day in our preaching class, the professor was having a Q and A session. Joe was just as honest as he could be when he asked the professor this question: Sir, how many points does a sermon need to make?

The professor sternly looked at Joe straight in the eyes and said, “All you students listen to this answer. Joe, your sermon should have at least one point!”

The professor did not make fun of Joe’s question, and frankly, I think everyone in class learned a valuable lesson that day.

So, I go back to my question, why would anyone want to write purely a labor of love? Whether it be a book of poetry, a novel, someone’s biography, or anything else, when there is no expectation of ever making a dime of profit on the project? The answer is because they want to. The project is important to them and their expected readers. I have seen people spend their entire lifetimes doing things they enjoy without ever drawing a paycheck.

I want to tell you why I am going to write a labor of love about my Granddaddy Jay Sinclair. Yes, I want to, but there are other reasons, too. I personally loved the old man so much, I thought he could walk on water. When my children were young, at nighttime they wanted me to tell them stories. The two boys would get in one of their twin beds and I would tell them stories sometimes for hours. One other favorite topics to hear stories about was Granddaddy Jay Sinclair. I was proud to tell them because I wanted then to know, THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF JAY SINCLAIR. (Title of book).

So many people love to hear the stories of “the storyteller” and all the funny things he did his lifetime. And the many things he did that were not funny – like serving in combat during WWI, and like giving up his education as a youngster to work in the fields to provide for his siblings and his mother. (His whole life, he could never read nor write.) There are just so many things that make this man my lifetime hero. So I want to take some time out of my busy life that others may know why I love this simple man.

God Bless You,
Spencer Plumley

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  1. I have mentioned to you before that he and my Daddy, Herman Byrd were close friends due to their connection as veterans of the two great wars. I
    When Uncle Jay as we called him, would come to visit Daddy it might be for ten minutes or for hours. During David’s time serving in the Marines in Viet Nam Uncle Jay visited often. He usually sat in that old white International pickup while he and Daddy talked. One conversation I overheard they both called the Viet Nam era an unrighteous war. I asked Daddy later what they meant. He told me that it was not a war for our freedom but a war sacrificing young healthy men to only make rich men richer. He said that Uncle Jay was so worried that he would lose your brother for no good reason. Daddy told me that no man or woman should ever have to see the horrors of war, any war. He and Uncle Jay would pray together for David’s safe return. God honored those two veterans prayers.

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