A Living Bible


  His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans  and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four  years  of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright.  He  became  a Christian while attending college.


  Across the street from the campus is a well dressed, very conservative  church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure    how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there.  He walks in with  no  shoes,  jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair.  The service has already  started  and  so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is  completely  packed and he can't find a seat.  By now people are really looking a bit  uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and, when he realizes there are no seats, he just  squats  down right on the carpet.  (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a  college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church  before!)


  By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is  thick.  About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the  church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon  is in  his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit.  A  godly  man,  very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane  and,  as he  starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves   that  you  can't blame him for what he's going to do.


  How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand  some college kid on the floor? It takes a long time for the man to reach the  boy.


  The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.  All  eyes are focused on him. You can't even hear anyone breathing.  The  minister  can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to   do.  And  now  they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor.


 With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone. Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says,  "What I'm about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just  seen,  you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the  only  Bible some people will ever read."


  LORD help me to be as accepting of others as you are of me.  You accept  me no matter how I am dressed or what I have done.  Open my heart to  accept  others  as quickly and fully in Love! Lord forgive my sins like I forgive  other's sins against me. Help me to become more like Christ.  In Jesus  name  I   pray, Amen.



Thought For The Day:


The sunlight of love will destroy the chill of jealousy and hate.