Life Change

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

" You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go. " -
Dr. Suess

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

What you have just seen, you will never forget.

His name is Bill.  He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans, and no shoes.  This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college.  He became a Christian while attending college.  Across the street from the campus is a very conservative church where the members are well-dressed.  They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it.

One day Bill decides to go there.  He walks in wearing jeans, his T-shirt with the holes, and his wild hair.  The service has already started so he starts down the aisle looking for a seat.  The church is completely packed and he can’t find a spot.

By now, the people are beginning to look at him and watch his progress down the
center aisle.  Bill gets closer and closer to the pulpit when he realizes that there are no empty seats.  So, he just stops and sits down right on the carpet at the front.  Although this would be perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship meeting, this had never happened in this church during a worship service.

Now, everyone is watching and the room is very quiet.  From the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill.   The deacon is in his seventies, has silver gray hair, and a three piece suit.  He looks very elegant, very dignified.  He walks with a cane and the sound of him walking is echoing in the church.  Everyone is thinking that you can’t blame the deacon for what he’s going to do.  How can you expect a man of his age to understand some college kid on the floor?

It takes awhile for the deacon to reach the boy.  The church is absolutely silent except for the clicking of the man’s cane.  All eyes are focused on him.  The minister can’t even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

Suddenly, the man drops his cane to the floor and, with great difficulty, he lowers himself to the carpet and sits down next to Bill in order to worship with him so he won’t be alone.  Everyone chokes up with emotion.  When the minister gains control, she says,  “What I am about to preach, you probably will never remember.  What you have just seen, you will never forget.”

The lesson in this story is that you must be careful about how you live every day.  Your actions may be the only Bible that some people will ever read.

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