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Do we run first? Well, there are times we run to something and times when we run away from something. But before we can run, we need to walk, and before we can walk, we must crawl. But even before that, we must roll over. So, what is it I am really saying? We must make a decision and then take an action. A mental decision to make that movement that can change our lives from nothing to a challenging difference of something.
All of you here have walked the walk, and some of us talk the talk. The way in which we walk, and/or talk, tells others something about us. Years ago, when I was a child, a young mother, a grandma (see how fast time travels) I questioned if there was even a God. Raised in a non-church family, I saw the hypocrites in church, and I allowed myself to judge them by their actions. I knew you did not have to go to a church to do good deeds for others. I thought, “who needs a church, who needs a God?” I had strength and control, and I loved people.
Well my life was not a, excuse me for the pun, rose garden. In my life, I experienced a lot of sorrow, a lot of anger, and of course, there was laughter and love. It was all mixed. But it seemed the amount of sorrow and anger outnumbered the laughter and love three times over.
During childhood and motherhood and even grandmotherhood I crawled. I studied with five different churches. Yet I could not let God into my life. Great people, great examples of loving one another came in and out of my life. But I kept that door closed till one day at church, I was fifty-four years old, I accepted God into my life. I literally felt like I was lifted off the ground and I had instant peace. Oh, the sorrow and the pain did not all go away, but I learned to forgive, just as God does for us. And, I did not have to be in control every minute.
So I am saying, because we are all different, some of us are rolling over, some crawling, some walking, and some running. No one should be judged for where they are and/or how they believe. We need to show love and respect to one another. Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” You and I are His children. Do not roll over and play dead.
Because of faith, we are not fearful to enter into a transformation from a dying body into a healed loving soul eagerly waiting for the Coming of Jesus Christ. No matter where you are in your soul, your spirit, may you accept God into your life. Accepting God into one’s life is just like that. We make a mental decision, we roll over an old life for a new one, we crawl, we walk, we run, then maybe we take a fall and we crawl and sometimes we even leap. Remember that God is always loving and forgiving us no matter where we are in our journey.

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