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Topic: Social Media (12/01/11)
TITLE: Melinda's Find
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However, it wasn’t until she met Matthew Matlock that she was inspired to check out some social media websites. For a long time some of her friends had urged her to try “Twitter” and “Facebook” but she thought it would take up too much of her time.
Well, today was the day for changes and upon Matthew’s insistence, she clicked on a website called, “Make a New Start.” Matthew said that it was a great site and that she should try it out. It was on a Wednesday morning when she clicked on the site and it wasn’t long before she realized that “Make a New Start” was just what she was looking for.
As she scanned the website from top to bottom, she liked the color scheme of the website. The top portion of the site was light blue and the bottom of the site was tan. In the light blue area she found many things to click on such as: How to Make a New Start. She traveled further down the webpage and saw another section titled, “Is it Time for You to Connect with Christ?” The question seemed out of place on the site and from what she could tell, it didn’t look like many were interested in the question.
That title intrigued her but it also offended her. She wasn’t sure why she felt “put upon” but hours later after she left the website, those words nagged at her soul. Then, she began thinking of her life. Her experiences with her mom, dad, sisters and brothers were often negative, brief and filled with regret and humiliation. As the oldest she was required to help the others and often they took advantage of her good nature. In her 40s, she often thought of “what might have been” with her family. But, that was then and she had to focus on today.
The following day she went back to “Is it Time for you to Connect with Christ?” She once again clicked on the link and was taken to another page where she was given information on “how to connect with Christ.” She had learned in Sunday school, from her Bible and her husband that connecting with Christ was a choice; a choice everyone had to make or not. She recalled so many times when she could have connected with Christ but was just too busy. Either she was going to college and busy learning, helping a friend out or doing what she could to help her husband with mounting bills and ill health—there always seemed to be no time for Jesus.
“Well, I’m taking time today, Jesus!” As she read the site’s words about connect with Christ, she began to form a document—a document for Christ. It began, “Dear Jesus, Forgive me for waiting so long to talk with you. If it’s not too late, I want you to be the focus of my life. I want you to be my best Friend and I want to live the rest of my life in peace, with you and to do your will.” She signed it, “Late but eager in my desire to serve you! Melinda, your humble servant.”
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