A talk with God changed my life

It was an awful argument. We both said a lot of unkind things to each other, and I ran to my room and slammed the door. This wasn't the first argument my mother and I had had, but it was a special one because of what happened next. The tears filled my eyes and began to run down my face. I threw myself on my bed full of hurt and resentment, but then I did something I had never done before, and it changed my whole life. I reached out to God. Picking up my Bible, I opened it and read: "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God's." Deut. 1:17;

I sat up in awe. How beautiful these words were to me. They fitted the situation exactly. As I felt God's loving care for me in providing me with such a wise and wonderful answer, I also saw my error and the need of correction. I knew I was not honoring my mother in arguing with her. In the Christian Science Sunday School where I was a pupil, I had been taught the commandment, "Honour thy father and thy mother." Ex. 20:12;

I knew I must go to my mother and apologize. Pride tried to rebel and self-justification to argue that she was wrong and should apologize to me, but my newfound relationship to God was stronger, and the desire to be obedient brought with it the humility to say "I'm sorry."

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April 17, 1978

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