23 March 2016 by romanin
Jack and his skateboard. Those are a pair. You always see them together. He’s a freshman who looks like he just recently graduated high school. Jack is pretty goofy and seems to always have a smile on his face.
His desire has always been to go against the flow. Do not conform, different than those around him. When all his friends were prioritizing their education and studying 24/7, Jack was goofing off, playing and hangin’ out. On top of that, he just wasn’t that interested in school.
Jack himself will tell you, he spent much of his middle school years listening to class from the hallway (common disciplinary action in Asia) instead of sitting in class. Consequently, he didn’t have good grades in school and got into trouble often.
Jack had tried many avenues to be different- different clothes, different hairstyle, different religions, etc. Finally he decided that since he wasn’t doing well in school and he still wasn’t content, perhaps he should try reading something, that maybe a book would show him how he could live his life significantly different.
His grandparents, with whom he spent much time, were readers and every few years would sort through the books they had already finished reading. Before walking into his grandparent’s library, he told himself that the first book he laid eyes on was the one he would read. So he walked into the the library and his eyes landed on a dusty book sitting on the side table.
It was a Bible.
He opened it up and started reading.
“In the beginning.”
He devoured the pages of Genesis and as he shared, was completely mesmerized by the Truth of the Scripture and the Creation account. It was unlike anything he had ever read. He just wanted to keep reading.
Later on, Jack turned to the New Testament and began to read. He said he spent hours just reading the first page of the Gospel of John and that the words were life-giving.
After His encounter with the Living Word, he decided that this was the “different” he had been searching for and he wanted it.
That was last year. Jack is finishing his first year at Purdue and is now leading Bible studies at the college group Bible study at church. Praise the Lord, for His Word does not return void!