What a story...

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I posted this as a comment to Molly's blog earlier today and I thought that it may have an impact on a few more folks if I actually posted it as a blog...

This is an abridged version of what I heard on Wayne's sermon this morning:

I heard on the radio this morning a similar story told by pastor Wayne Cordiero of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii.  It was about a kid named Kyle who was taking all of his books home from school on the weekend.  Another kid who thought he looked pretty awkward with all of his books was standing nearby watching him struggle with his books.  He wanted to help but he had to get home to get ready for a church retreat at the beach for the weekend.  Just then, some other kids came by and knocked the books out of Kyle's hands and laughed at him and ran away. 

The kid that was watching felt the urge to go over and help him, but knew that he had to get home to get ready for a church retreat.  He decided to go over anyway and helped Kyle with his books.  Years later, Kyle was giving a speech at Graduation as the Valedictorian, and he thanked that kid who had become his friend that day.  He told everyone that he had all of his books with him because he was actually planning to go home and kill himself.  He didn't want his mom to have to go back to the school to pick them up afterward. 

We never know the impact that we have on the people that we meet.  We should never let our prejudices or preconceived notions about someone or some group of people stop us from acting like a Christian.  I broke down while listening to this story this morning, and I hope that you will get a chance to hear him tell the story if my version didn't make the point.  It is true that we can change the lives of the people around us just by following the example that Christ gave us for accepting everyone as they are and being their friend.

God Bless you all...Jason

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Elizabeth Nieves
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Jason,

I just found your blog today...and I'm so very glad I did. You are a man of character and conviction...and that is something the world is in desperate need of. Wherever you are...public or private...follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. If He tells you to take a stand...you plant your feet and do not be moved. It may seem weird that I'm sharing this with you, but I feel very strongly that God is raising you up as a leader. He is going to test you...maybe even right here at ActiveRain. The stand you are taking here will have a greater reach than you can imagine. Just trust HIM!

May God give you the strength and courage to follow His leading and fulfill His calling on your life. May your life be a light in the darkness...pointing those who are lost to the Father. God bless you, Jason!!

September 04, 2008 10:22 PM #1
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Margaret Oscilia
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Thanks for the story -- I shared it with my mid-high daughter today who was describing some kids at school who were picking on a new girl.  We never know how much some small act of kindness may mean to someone.  I think the impact is usually much larger than we can imagine.  May we all be encouraged to take that extra moment and make someones burden a little easier!

September 06, 2008 04:40 PM #2
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Jason Roebuck
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Margaret - Thanks for the reassurance that I did the right thing in posting this story.  I told it to my Mom on the phone yesterday and felt the same emotion come over again...God Bless...Jason

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