This article appears as it was originally published in Valley View, Summer 2000 - where Valley View is the newsletter of the
Valley Methodist Church

The message of my story in a nutshell

Giving this testimony today, serves as wonderful therapy for me to open up about my frustrations and inabilities, face facts and to accept things in the process. Thank you so very much for giving me this opportunity.

I’ve been praying for a piece of Scripture to sum up my testimony, but by not having the ability to read books, articles or paragraphs on the subject with understanding, I initially did not succeed.

Anyway, earlier this year, as I was listening to Impact Radio ...

Click here to link to Impact Radio (a South African Christian Radio station)

... a text verse were given that puts the message of my story in a nutshell: Mark 8:36 (What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?)

At the bottom of my Life Application Study Bible the following discussion is given on the verse:

... Jesus said that a world ... centred on possessions, position, or power (in my case qualifications, worldly success and achievements) is ultimately worthless.

Whatever you have on earth is only temporary, it cannot be exchanged for your soul.

If you work hard at getting what you want, you might eventually have a pleasurable life, but in the end you will find it hollow and empty...

Are you willing to make the pursuit of God more important than the selfish pursuit of pleaure (and success) ?

Follow Jesus, and you will know what it means to live abundantly now and to have eternal life as well.

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