By Stephen W. Simpson
Like many Christians, Stephen gave his lifestyles to Jesus at a tender age. yet for many of his grownup existence, Stephen wrestled with God, ticked off that issues were not as effortless as he proposal they need to be. He married the woman of his desires, but he nonetheless wasn't satisfied. whilst God introduced quadruplets into the struggle, he had no selection yet to shout, 'Uncle!' and put up. that is whilst Stephen came across whatever far better than happiness. He stumbled on pleasure.
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Bill’s father peered out the window with an annoyed look. Guess I should have gotten out and knocked. The front door opened and Bill bounded out, smiling. ” he said. “I didn’t know the Godrulesmobile was in action tonight. ” “If there was, you know that the Godrulesmobile would crush him,” I said. ” We laughed. I had shared the gospel with Bill so many times that joking about my religion was part of our rapport. He expressed more interest in my faith than any of my non-church friends. The subject was not a sensitive one between us, and we could joke about it.
Then something caused pain and disappointment. It was so terrible that we vow never to let it happen again. We stop trusting. We suspect anyone who proclaims simple truths. indd 41 7/7/08 9:42:29 AM Assaulted by Joy because we’ve been the sucker before. So we stop going to church or, if we do go, we don’t get involved. We don’t just question religious authority; we mock it. We refuse to be vulnerable and embrace the love we once knew because we’re terrified that it will leave us again. ” Cynics can tell you all about the painful cost of religion, but they no longer know the joy of depending on God and others.
Brother Jeff had given an edict, and my friend accepted it without question. For the first time in my life, I felt nervous and alone at church. That might not have been so bad if I didn’t feel nervous and alone everyplace else. • • • On the first day of school in ninth grade, a cute girl called me “Piggy” without provocation. I gave her a dirty look, but that night I lay in bed crying. Jeff had invaded my last safe haven, abandoning me to a place where pretty girls likened me to swine. Life couldn’t continue like this.