When I was 15 our high school had over a dozen YMCA clubs on campus. I belonged to one.
Whether we were male or female, we still belonged to the Young Men’s Christian Association. I used to wonder about that, but apparently no one else did. I also used to wonder why there was nothing Christian about our Christian clubs.
My older sister had challenged me to begin reading the Bible and I did. I became intrigued with Matthew 24—about the last days. Wow! Why had I never heard about this before?
As a teenager, I was shy and lacked confidence. Yet I suddenly felt compelled to bring my Bible to the next YMCA meeting. I bravely raised my hand and proposed that since we are a Christian club, it might be good to do something Christian once in awhile. I explained that I’d read something interesting in the Bible and wanted to share it.
I began reading aloud at Matthew 24:5-14. “Nation will rise against nation.” I paused here and said that we have an abundance of wars in the world right now!
“There will be famines and earthquakes.” I paused again and reminded them of the terrible famines in Africa and the increasing earthquakes that are stronger now than any in recorded history. I continued this way until the end of the passage. While speaking, I noticed the room become quiet. The girls were listening.
When the meeting ended, our club advisor Mrs. Smith took me aside.
She told me something that was instrumental in shaping my life:
“I see leadership qualities in you, Kathleen. Tonight when you spoke, you had everyone’s attention. I can see you someday becoming a public servant or a good teacher.”
I don’t remember what I said in response, but I’m sure it was weak. Truthfully I was astounded! She never knew how much her words impacted me. To this day I regret that I never told her.
I do know that I began shedding my shyness that night.
- Therefore encourage one another and build each other up… 1 Thessalonians 5:11
- For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Matthew 24:5-11
- SONG: I LOVE THE LORD – by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short. When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever. Where will the “real you” live? Will you live for all eternity separated from God? Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven? Learn more so you can make your most important decision: http://www.godlife.com/gospel/ and http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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