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  • When I was a child, I saw the world split in two: you were either on the side of Jesus or you were with "the enemy." That other side that bowed to idols, that used their bodies for horrible-illicit sex, that had tongues like snakes filled with lies and hate, that were filled with confusion, darkness, deceit, and raw contempt. They spent their Sunday mornings sleeping in instead of bowing to the creator of all things. They confused love with lust. They were self-serving, cunning, and blinded to their own sins. Their fights were over things that were petty instead of realizing they should be saving themselves and those around them from the fire. There was a burning, horrible fire that would await them and their selfish decisions because our God of love, loved them so much that He gave them free will. He let them decide to follow Him or to spend eternity grinding their teeth together rethinking their lives, screaming for a drop of water from our beloved Jesus.

    Revelation 13:1-6 "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."

    And then one day when I was 30, I woke up. I stretched my arms and my legs. I closed my eyes and opened them. I took a deep breath. I smiled, with teeth. I looked fear in the face and realized it was my own face. I realized my childhood was just a dream, a fantasy, a fairytale filled with dudes in sandles, dragons with seven heads, and men that built big boats filled with giraffes. And I started talking to god for the first time. I stopped saying, "Him." I stretched my arms and my legs. I closed my eyes and opened them. I took a deep breath. I smiled, with teeth. Jesus started his ministry at 30 and for 3 years he found his destiny. I'm only half way to 33 but I too can understand, for I too found my destiny, my mission, my purpose, my ministry at 30.
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