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PostSubject: Re: Unconditional Acceptance   Unconditional Acceptance Icon_minitimeMon Dec 22, 2008 12:03 am

Yeah.... hey... McFin... YOUR mom!!!
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Location : Clarksville, TN - USA
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PostSubject: Re: Unconditional Acceptance   Unconditional Acceptance Icon_minitimeSun Dec 14, 2008 3:34 am

That was an amazing story. Thanks for sharing. I got a little misty eyed. I completely agree. I am not a church goer but I do believe in God. A lot of people I know that are hard core churchy people choose not to accept what others do. They judge them even though they should know that's not what God put them here to do. He gave them freedom of choice, however, but they like to push their beliefs on everyone else and try and remove the freedom of choice from those that don't follow what they believe.
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PostSubject: Unconditional Acceptance   Unconditional Acceptance Icon_minitimeFri Dec 12, 2008 10:04 pm

I am posting this story because I feel it brings a valid point. I just hope you learn from it...

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.
The last class I had to take was Sociology.
The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.
Her last project of the term was called, 'Smile.'
The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's one crisp March morning.
It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.
We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then
even my husband did.

I did not move an inch... an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.

As I turned around I smelled a horrible 'dirty body' smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.
As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was 'smiling'
His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance.
He said, 'Good day' as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.
The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.
I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.
He said, 'Coffee is all Miss' because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm).
Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.

That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.

I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.
I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman's cold hand.
He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, 'Thank you.'
I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, 'I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.'

I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son. When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, 'That is why God gave you to me, Honey, to give me hope..'
We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give.

We are not church goers, but we are believers.
That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.

I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.
I turned in 'my project' and the instructor read it.
Then she looked up at me and said, 'Can I share this?'
I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.
She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.

In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald's, my son,the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.
I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:


That is exactly what most church goers, bible beaters and religious fanatics seem to forget... UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE. THAT is God's plan, THAT is God's love. And that goes for EVERY man, woman and child. No matter what their race, disability or sexual preference. I believe in God and I believe He loves all His children no matter what their faults. It is not for YOU to judge. If you don't like the way someone is living, that is NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. It's between them and God. It is a SIN for YOU to judge others. I hope you will remember that.
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