Psalm 146:2 "I will praise the LORD all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Truth Sets You Free---A Story

Hi Everyone,

Learning the TRUTH really changes our perspective! Here is a story, that I asked Jim Hobson of Christ Life Solutions if I could share today, that he shared in class. He said yes. Now the story is a hypothetical situation.

Try to picture yourself in the situation:

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Imagine you are coming home on a train after a long day of work. Usually you use this time on the train to relax, rad, or complete some unfinished paperwork business from the office. Now, the proper behavior and standard on the trains is that everyone minds their own business and no one talks to one another. You settle down and begin to read a book when all of the sudden something strange happens. A father with three young children get on the train...and they succeed to sit in the seats across from you.

Now, children being on the train is permitted, but extremely rare due to the cost of the tickets and your travel time for the commute home is close to an hour.

The father is looking out the window, lost in his own world of thoughts when all of the sudden one of the kids decides to sneak out of the seat. The father does not stop them so then soon all three kids follow by getting out of the seat. Now, remember, the proper acceptable behavior on the train is silence.

The father does not seem to notice that the kids are out of the seats....He says nothing to them.

The three children get noisier and noisier. You try to glance at the father to get his attention. You are starting to get frustrated and maybe even a little bit upset and are thinking "Doesn't that father know how to take care of his kids??? He should be taking some responsibility to keep them behaved. Doesn't he know no one talks on the train?"

Fifteen minutes pass with the kids talking loud and causing distraction. In an effort to create a barrier to the noise in your frustration, you get your newspaper out to create "your space" and a barrier from everything that is going on around you.

The kids are now running back and forth in the aisle.....and all of the sudden one of them runs past you and almost knocks the newspaper out of your hands. You become frustrated and blurt out to the father seated across from you, "I am sorry, Sir, but your kids......."

The father looks up and says, "I am sorry...I just don't know what to do."

By this time you are thinking you could give some practical parenting advice, but then the father says in a whisper

"I just don't know what to do. We spent all day at the hospital....and their mother, my wife, just died......I haven't told them yet....I don't know how.....and I don't want to raise them without her......."

All of the sudden you aren't frustrated anymore at the kids running up and down the aisles when they have spent all day in a hospital waiting room, cooped up and unable to run, the hospital toys didn't quite suffice, and they have seen their dad cry as he comes in from talking to a doctor, and the kids don't know why he was crying yet. All of the sudden you know the TRUTH of the situation and your perspective has changed. You hope the kids enjoy just a little bit longer their laughter and fun before their hearts get broken with the news before their hearts break by the news. And you wish the father wasn't raising his kids alone.

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You see, understanding the TRUTH about a situation, and what is really going on, frees us and changes our perspective.

How much EVEN MORE SO---WITH GOD'S TRUTH---The TRUTH that sets us free.

John 8:31-32 and 36 "To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.....So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."

KNOWING THE TRUTH (as facts), AND HE WHO IS THE TRUTH CHANGES EVERYTHING!!

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