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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
not sure how to go about it.
One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes,
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,
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
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
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 walk to the front. 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
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
name I pray, Amen.


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