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Topic: Help (02/20/06)
TITLE: THE MAN
By Thomas Kimble
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The poor wretched soul sat on his couch thinking about the way he was living his life, and was fast coming to the conclusion that maybe he should end it. He searched his soul hoping that he could find just one good reason to stay alive, but found none. All the man could manage to feel was an overwhelming sense of guilt for the pain he was bringing to the people trying to help him. In his attempt to drown his feelings in alcohol and drugs he had brought suffering to all who believed in him. He had reached this sad point in his life do to a tragic accident caused by a drunken decision on his part. He survived while the one he loved did not, and for this he would have to live the rest of his life guilt ridden. The thought of turning to God for help never once crossed his mind, because he didn’t believe in God and thought that anyone that did was either weak or a fool. He reasoned that if he was wrong and there was a God how could he take something as good as his wife and leave him around? No he reasoned, there wasn’t any God at least not one to help him.
He sat there reviewing his life before the accident and was not all that pleased with what he saw there either. Wasn’t it true that he had been unfaithful to his wife on numerous occasions? There weren’t many of the Ten Commandments that he had not broken many times. Even if he were to turn to God as a last ditch effort to save himself now, would God listen at all to someone like him. He tried to put himself in God’s shoes looking down on a poor looser like him and decided that if he were God he would send himself straight to hell.
Not only did he feel guilt for what had happened but he also felt sorry for himself. Why did this have to happen to him? Wasn’t he a good worker and provider for his family? Didn’t he love his family and his now dead wife? The answer to these questions was a resounding yes. With these questions and many more bouncing around in his drug and alcohol fogged head he absentmindedly reached for his revolver and promptly stuck the barrel in his mouth. Before he knew it he was taking up the slack on the trigger with tears running down his face he was only an ounce of pull on the trigger from death. For a reason he wasn’t able to explain he let off on the trigger and took the gun out of his mouth. All thoughts of killing himself went away as he sat there with tears running down his face, wondering why he didn’t do it. What had stopped him when he was sure he wanted to end it all?
After that night the man decided to stop drinking and doing drugs and try to get his life back together. He did give up the drugs and drinking but somehow his life was not what he wanted it to be. He always felt like something was missing but just couldn’t figure out what.
Many years later he was still not satisfied with life and for no reason he could understand, decided to start reading the Bible. He tried to read the Bible but couldn’t understand what he was reading so one night he ask God to help him. God was waiting for him to ask and stepped in to help the man. God didn’t speak directly to the man but suddenly the man begin to understand things in ways he never thought possible. He begin to be more considerate of other people he even started to go to church. But most of all he begin to know that there was a God and that this God would forgive him for everything he had ever done. The man now does all he can to please God and live the way God wants him to. Now the man is pleased with life.
How do I know this? I am that man.
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