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Post  Silwer on Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:10 pm

I have been thinking about the hardships of my life lately, and I remembered this story I heard a few years back. Bear in mind that there is an english version, but I wanted to tell it and translate it from my memory.

"I was dreaming tonight. The dream was so alive, that it felt like i was awake. I was on a long sandy beach, the Lord was walking with me.
As I walked, i saw pictures of my life. When the pictures showed the good and happy parts of my life, I saw two sets of footprints in the sand.
But when I saw the hardships I had endured in my life, all the pain and suffering, I only saw one set of footprints.
I turned to the Lord.'God, how come that when my life was easy and good, I saw two sets of footprints in the sand. But when my life was hard and full of sorrow and pain, I only saw one set of footprints? Why did you leave me when my life was hard and I needed you the most?' The Lord turned to me and smiled.'My child, I would never leave you. When your life was good, i walked beside you. But when your life was hard, there was only one set of footprints, because I was carrying you in my arms."



This little story has helped me a lot lately. I hope it might do some good for you to.

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Post  Zane on Tue Jan 25, 2011 5:39 pm

wow that was touching, even for me. Wink
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Post  Silwer on Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:23 am

Makes me all sappy sometimes...

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Post  Zane on Wed Jan 26, 2011 7:30 pm

well i'll be honest.... iv never realy been to intouch with god, but this kind of makes me feel as if i should be. should love him and he will love me back Smile
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Post  Silwer on Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:09 pm

Thats sorta the idea^^

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Post  Dragon Tamer on Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:38 pm

The white wolf wrote:well i'll be honest.... iv never realy been to intouch with god, but this kind of makes me feel as if i should be. should love him and he will love me back Smile

As Silwer said, that's exactly the point. Not just of the story, but of life.

I remember a variation of this story which I heard on the radio once, and which I think you would find especially meaningful, white.

One night I had a dream that I was walking with Jesus beside the sea. As we walked, I saw scenes from my life pass by. At the times when I had sinned and disobeyed God, our footprints separated. But when I had been in touch with Him and obeyed, our paths were so close that it seemed I had been walking exactly in His footprints. But I was troubled to see that the times when I had been happiest, the times when it seemed I was the closest to Him, the sand was kicked and scuffed all over the place so that no tracks could be seen at all.

When I asked Him about this, He smiled. "My child," He said, "The times when the sand was scattered and kicked in every direction... that's when we danced."
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Post  Zane on Wed Jan 26, 2011 11:42 pm

Wow, that was nice. very. very touching...
well i believe in god, but i don't go to church or anything. Not because i don't wanna praise god and every thing. i don't go cause i don't fit in with people. I'm sort of the quiet one and i don't realy socialise with to many people and in church i feel way to uncomfortable. So i try to love him in my own way. Is that wrong or anything like that?


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Post  Silwer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:19 am

Aiyu wrote:Wow, that was nice. very. very touching...
well i believe in god, but i don't go to church or anything. Not because i don't wanna praise god and every thing. i don't go cause i don't fit in with people. I'm sort of the quiet one and i don't realy socialise with to many people and in church i feel way to uncomfortable. So i try to love him in my own way. Is that wrong or anything like that?

Personaly, I dont think there is anything wrong with that. One shouldnt be feeling uncomfortable when thinking about God. Its the feelings and thoughts that really count in the end.

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Post  Zane on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:23 am

ok thats good, makes me feel a little better. Smile
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Post  Silwer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:25 am

That was my intention,yes^^

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Post  Zane on Thu Jan 27, 2011 6:29 am

Thanks
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Post  Dragon Tamer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 10:22 am

Aiyu wrote:Wow, that was nice. very. very touching...
well i believe in god, but i don't go to church or anything. Not because i don't wanna praise god and every thing. i don't go cause i don't fit in with people. I'm sort of the quiet one and i don't realy socialise with to many people and in church i feel way to uncomfortable. So i try to love him in my own way. Is that wrong or anything like that?

I hate to disagree, but the Bible does say that we shouldn't "forsake the gathering of the saints." In other words, as Christians we need to stick together, not just for church purposes, but in all other respects. For example, the early communion was not just a once-a-week or once-a-month thing done in church. First-century Christians got together all the time to fellowship.

Now, I can sympathize with your unease around large groups of people. It's actually quite common and perfectly normal. So what I would recomend is to find a small church or youth group, and get accustomed to that. Also, break the crowd down. Focus on a few friends or friends of friends, and work from there. Heck, I don't know half of the people in any church I've ever gone to (we had to move a few times).

One final thing, and I say this because it's the most essential. It's important to spend time with your fellow believers, but not when that's the chief end. Ultimately church is about spending time with God. So when you start to feel intimidated by the large number of people around you, focus instead on the one whom you're really there to see. It's kind of like going to a party with a friend. The crowd's not as important when you can focus on just one person.
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Post  Silwer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:19 am

Thats another way to think about it^^

Im not sure I fully agree with you either, but there is truth to what you say. My favorite times with God is when we (in church we go on a lot of trips together.) in completely random places, have what could best be translated into "Twilight" A gathering with a specific theme from the Bible, lead by a priest if we have one with us, or one of the older kids, like me^^

So I agree that gathering along with others of the faith is important.

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Post  Zane on Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:09 pm

ummmm, ok. (confused)....
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Post  Silwer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 2:56 pm

As author of the topic, I say we stop it there.

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Post  Dragon Tamer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 4:41 pm

Why?
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Post  Zane on Thu Jan 27, 2011 7:39 pm

for the last few years iv had more of a spiritual belief, it still involves the belief and love of God. this was a realy close thing to me for that time, but right now i am seriously confused about the whole thing. when i was 11-13, i was a part of a church. I was sort of an active contributer, i once even had the privilege to help lead the kids church for one day. I loved it. But eventualy people started to change and more or less people started to treat people like dirt. Heck i found out that our priest was sleeping with lots of random girls, and he was married. ever since this iv been away from the church and seriously lost about the whole thing... after i left this church iv never realy had much to do with other churches and iv always been distant from people.
I don't know what to think anymore...
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Post  Dragon Tamer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 8:40 pm

I wish I could say that this surprised me. But even from the beginning the church had to deal with its share of troublemakers. Just looking at the book of Romans, especially the last ten verses or so of chapter one and the first few of chapter two reveal that many will find their way into the church who are neither called of God, nor love Him. And it is Satan's explicit goal to deceive everyone he can, even believers. So it is no surprise that we find Christians and false Christians behaving as they shouldn't. But that is no reason to be deterred from the message itself. It's like when Jesus told the Jews to heed what the Pharisees said, but not to behave as they did (I'll have to do some digging to find the exact passage). The Pharisees were teaching out of Scripture, even though they often twisted it to their own ends. The problem was not the message, but the messengers.

Consider the following example: in dating relationships there are a number of temptations. Accordingly, I place certain boundaries from the get-go when I date a girl. I stipulate that she and I will not only refrain from doing certain things, but from going certain places - for example, we will never be by ourselves in a house or bedroom. I also ask that she not wear certain outfits, such as excessively revealing swimsuits, when I am around. Now, these are good ways to avoid temptation. I know of other couples who have by them been completely successful in maintaining a pure relationship, and I am pleased to say that although they placed some strain at times they have done so for me as well. But whether I personally use them faithfully has no impact on their validity. God has told us to flee from lust. Whether I do or not, it does not diminish the importance of it. See what I'm saying?

And, for future purposes, perhaps we should take this to another topic out of respect for Silwer. We have drifted a bit from the original story.
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Post  Zane on Thu Jan 27, 2011 9:10 pm

yeah i see what your saying.

Sorry about that Silwer. i should have started another topic for this.
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Post  Dragon Tamer on Thu Jan 27, 2011 11:42 pm

Would you like to do the honors?
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Post  Zane on Fri Jan 28, 2011 12:14 am

Of making a new one? ummm what to call it though???
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Post  RomiX on Fri Jan 28, 2011 8:21 am

Hm. Veru interisting story. In Russian, those kind of stories are called "pritcha" - tales.
It's very touching. I'll see if I find more.
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Post  Dragon Tamer on Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:36 am

Aiyu --> "Feeling Distant," maybe?

RomiX --> Now that's interesting. "Pritcha." I'll have to remember that.
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