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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: Hidden in the Past
By Milton Niles
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Throughout my life I have been hidden away in my past. Always being cautious of everyone around, yet wanting to be wanted. I did not trust anyone, not even God. I had love in my heart but yet I cared little about myself. Being abused during my childhood made me that way. I had tried over and over to show my mother how much I cared for her but to no avail. Therefore I grew up without love or affection. I never knew the meaning of love or how to have respect for women so I used them in any way I could.
Through the years, I drank and did what I wanted, never really looking for God. I did however care about not hurting others feelings. If someone needed anything and I had it I would give it to them without hesitation. I remember one person in particular, I will call her Linda. Linda was married to a so-called friend of mine. They were older than I was but yet we seemed to get along. Linda had a hearing problem and needed a new hearing-aid. Her family had money but yet they would not help her.
I happened to be at John and Linda’s one day when they were talking about getting some help with her getting a hearing-aid. I had a color television that needed repair and had taken it to the shop to be fixed. I borrowed a hundred dollars for that purpose. As I sit there listening to John and Linda, I made up my mind right then and there to buy her that hearing-aid. I did not get my television needless to say.
After about six months I happened to over-hear John and Linda talking behind my back, believe me that hurt me like crazy. It definitely did not help my trust in people. There I was back into my past and becoming even more cautious than ever before. To me I had no purpose in life what-so-ever and knew I was not good enough for anyone to care or love me.
Then one day being way down in the pits, something happened that changed my whole life. I found out that there was really someone who loved me unconditionally and even gave their life that I might live...That person was ‘Jesus Christ’. God really loved me so much that he gave his only begotten son so that I might have a way back to him. That is what true love really is...
I now had a purpose in life which made all the difference in the world. I became a new person and came out of my past. I now have purposefulness in my life. I have since become an author and found great joy in people. I have also become more aware of the need to care and help others who have been in the same position as I was. I am more determined today than ever before to help spread the ‘Love of God’.
God is the reason for my purposefulness and I would not have it any other way.
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