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Topic: CLUMSY (04/11/19)
- TITLE: Changed
By Graham Insley
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I would get up early so that I could clean my shoes. Why? Because they nearly always had some type of manure on them. I had either stepped into some dog poo or a cow pat on my way home from school. I never did it on purpose, but I always managed to find something smelly and horrible on the bottom of my foot at the end of a day. For this reason, mum made me leave my shoes outside and I had to go out every morning and clean them before heading off.
I would arrive at school only to find I had forgotten something. Oh, that’s okay you say, anyone can do that, but three days out of five? I’m not kidding, nearly every day I would leave my homework on my bedroom table, or my pencil case, my rubber or forget my lunch. Why so forgetful, you ask? I think it’s because my mind was so preoccupied. You see, the other thing I suffered from was an awful clumsiness. Mum said I could trip over a thought that had fallen out of her head.
I was forever battered and bruised from falling over. I loved climbing trees, but I was banned from doing so. I’d already broken both arms, a leg and couldn’t sit down once for a whole week… I had badly bruised my bum from landing on it when falling from my favourite apple tree. What made matters worse was that I landed in a bunch of nettles.
Such was my life as a kid. I spent nearly all the time worried about what would happen next. It was not a case of ‘maybe it will happen’ but a case of knowing it would and waiting for it. But that’s all changed.
Now, like I’ve already said, I walk tall and proud. I never fall over, haven’t had a nasty on my shoes for years and yesterday, on a pure whim, I climbed the apple tree. To the top and down again like a pro. Even sat up high and enjoyed an apple. It was a great feeling. I might go back up there tomorrow to prove it wasn’t luck.
What changed, I hear you yelling out? Tell us, tell us, you scream. Well… I will… but not yet. You’re not ready. You’re not desperate enough. And like me you must become desperate. Desperate for the truth. I want to see you so hungry you beg for it. Don’t worry, I hear you. How can you beg for something when you don’t know what it is? Okay, I’ll tell you.
That’s right, Jesus Christ.
How did He help? Let me tell you.
The Word of God says, in chapter 5 of 2Corinthians, that when we come into a relationship with Jesus, we are a new person, the old has passed away. Well, I believe that to be true. So I’m a changed man, and have been ever since I met Him.
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