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My Choice?… Run For My Life!

The year was 1966. A couple of friends and I decided we were going to kill this bully. He had shoved my head down the toilet years earlier and many of my friends feared him as well. I carried a gun under a long trench coat for a week. It made me feel so powerful. I knew it was wrong but I convinced myself that it was the right thing to do. We had had enough of his bullying and it was time to show him how tough we were.  We never talked, or thought, about the consequence of our deadly plan.

When he accepted his help mate’s offer to eat that fruit, Adam didn’t count up the costs.

My mother raised me to obey the laws and to stay out of trouble. Lord knows, I hated those “ironing-cord” whippings.

The closer we came to that dreadful day, the more fearful I became. The good thing about my situation compared to Adam’s, I had time to think about carrying out that horrible crime. I couldn’t see myself in jail. I was just a little guy. In my mind, I saw a lot of big guys in jail. What was I going to do? Choices. Choices. Choices.

A couple of months before the crime took place, I gathered my things, bought a train ticket and headed West. One hundred and twenty bucks in my pocket, one shopping bag of food and one suitcase. I didn’t know my destination, I just wanted out of Dixmoor, Ill. I was running for my life. Adam lost his good life because he willfully disobeyed God. I had time to think.

Adam had no where to run.

I later heard about the bully getting killed and my friends running from the law. They eventually got off, after spending some time in jail. The murder was ruled justifiable homicide. Not unlike Adam’s decision, my friend’s decision forever changed the lives of so many people in the little communities of Dixmoor and Harvey, Ill. Families were ripped apart with grief and  thousands of hard earned resources were used to defend a poor choice. Their lives would never be the same again.

Adam’s decision forever changed his and our world. A curse was placed upon the world because of a wrong choice. A choice to disobey God. The Creator of everything good.

Adams choice can’t be deemed justifiable, he knew what not to do and God has never been a bully. He gives us free will.

I thank God each time I think about my past and the decision I made to run. I knew I was running for my life. Today, many of us don’t recognize we are running for our spiritual lives. We are faced with decisions each day. We have choices to do good or bad.

We have Adam as our example of what not to do.

Categories: Acts17seventeen


I'm a young senior, recently married, after raising 5 kids. I'm a christian and love to capture videos and tell stories with the camcorder. I love to skate and sing. I love to learn new things. I also love to garden and plant new kinds of veggies. I find it fascinating that people can communicate through blogging the word of God.

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