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Travis Master ProfileDear readers, from time to time I ask others to share their stories of faith, hope, and love in order to encourage us all. If you have a story to share, you can find my guidelines under the Connect tab. In the meantime, welcome Travis Inman!

When I was a boy I spent most of my time outdoors. Fortunately, I grew up in the ranch country of West Texas, so there was plenty of outdoors for me to explore. One fine, fall afternoon, I was walking along and noticed a small box turtle trying to hide from me.  As is common with most boys, I picked it up and shook it, to see if anything might come out.

Now don’t think me strange, but I asked it, “What are you doing so far away from water?” The turtle declined to answer me, which reinforces the idea that ‘the thoughts of a turtle are that of a turtle.’  But I digress; I will continue with my story…

I was extremely worried about my new friend, and I was certain the poor turtle would die if it didn’t find water soon. So, I toted him along until I found one of our old stock tanks down in the West Pasture.  After ensuring there were no Union soldiers, Indian war parties, or “Commies” securing the area (I was a ten year old boy, and that’s how a boy plays), I proceeded to say good-bye to my dear friend and, with all of my might, tossed him into the middle of the pond.  Satisfied I’d done my good deed for the day, I went about my business of collecting arrowheads and skunk’s teeth.

Only in the years that followed did I learn box turtles don’t swim, and that they live on dry land. Hence, in my ignorance, I sent an innocent victim to a watery grave.

Sometimes, we do the same thing in our walk with God. Have you ever known someone who, despite their best intentions, completely devastated another person’s life and walked away, pleased that they were serving God?  Paul was that man.  Or, should I say Saul?  Saul was a Christian killer until God saved him and changed his life.

How often do we, as Christians often cause more damage than good, simply because we don’t know any better? Or, even worse, we don’t stop to consider the facts before we act?  How often do we catastrophically destroy through our own good—but ignorant—intentions?  Lest I become preachy, let me conclude with this:  Check to make sure the turtle floats BEFORE you toss it into the drink.


Travis shadows front coverTravis W. Inman grew up in the ranch country of West Texas and worked as a cowboy for his first 20 years. Travis graduated from seminary in Dallas, Texas, and served a year in the mission field in Mexico and South America. In addition to work in a variety of fields ranging from marketing and real estate to criminal justice and law enforcement, Travis also served in the U. S. Army where he overcame a devastating injury and was able to walk again despite the odds. He and his wife Sarah reside in the mountains of North Idaho, where they homeschool their kids, and enjoy a quiet, rural lifestyle.

Writing is a life-long passion for Travis and his writing includes poems, children’s literature, action adventure, short stories, one act plays, love stories, westerns, sci-fi, thrillers, and drama. His latest novel creates dual realities when Justin “Flip” Grey is tested and must choose between his wife and his passions with a fortune and his future on the line. Find Shadows on Amazon here.

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5 thoughts on “Guest Travis Inman – Drowning Turtles

  • January 11, 2016 at 10:13 am
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    Thanks so much for letting me pop in and say hello!

    • January 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm
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      Glad to host you today and hope we spark a lot of thinking in a fun way. 🙂

  • January 11, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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    Enjoyed reading Travis’ post and there is lots of truth to what he shared. I have read Shadows and it is a book well worth reading.

    • January 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by. Shadows is on my list to read and I’ll have to bump it up to the top.

    • January 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm
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      Thanks for stopping and saying hello, Ann! Always good to hear from you!

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