by David Roach, a writer in Shelbyville, Ky. BETHELRIDGE, Ky. (BP) -- On average a 73-year-old American male can only expect to live another 11 years. That reality hit Edward Cain, and he knew that his time to get right with God was running out. So the Kentucky retiree began a spiritual search that led him to find faith in Christ this spring through the witness of a longtime friend and a Southern Baptist pastor.
"I knew how old I was and I knew I was going to have to get things straight with God," Cain, 73, told Baptist Press.
By the world's standards he wasn't a wicked man. He had been married for 43 years, had longstanding friendships with believers in Christ and held multiple jobs at once over four decades. His main income came through driving a semi, which he did for 41 years, logging 3 million miles before retirement.
Still, Cain knew he was he was a sinner. By age 73, he also knew God had warned him several times. "I had two major accidents when I was driving a truck,..."I decided I better get my life straight."
So he started attending churches, eventually to discover Polly Ann Baptist Church in the southern Kentucky town of Eubank, where Terry Holt is pastor.
"I got a call one morning from one of our church members," Holt recounted. "He said, 'I've been on the phone with Mr. Ed. I believe he's under conviction and I think we need to go see him sometime.' I said, 'Well, what about right now?'"
"Mr. Ed ... you know who I am. You know who I represent and I want to know, are you going to heaven or hell?'" Holt said to Cain, who replied, "I'm going to go to hell when I die, and I don't want to. I want to be saved."
So he prayed on the driveway, committing his life to Jesus and asking God to save him.
"I guess I was so high on God that I can't remember much of what went on that day," Cain said. "The main thing was that Bro. Terry asked me if I was ready to give my heart to God and be saved. And I told him yes I was. So we had prayer and God saved me."
The next Sunday Holt baptized Cain, and he became a member of Polly Ann Baptist Church. The pastor said Cain never misses church and now uses his truck driving skills to pick up neighborhood kids in the church van for Sunday School and worship each week.
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