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Why This Man Never Returned to Church After His Cell Phone Went Off During the Service

It stopped me in my tracks, made me chuckle a little, and then made me think a little more deeply.

The principle is repeated often and will never stop being repeated until people can actually live it the way it was intended to be lived.

Let me now share the parable. The author is unknown, but it goes as follows:

A man went to church. He forgot to turn his phone to silent and his phone rang during prayer. The pastor scolded him.

The worshippers admonished him after prayers for interrupting the silence. His wife kept on lecturing him on his carelessness all the way home.

One could see the shame, embarrassment, and humiliation on his face. After all this, he never stepped foot in the church again.

And something entirely different happening that evening when he went to a bar. He was still nervous and trembling. He spilled his drink on the table by accident.

The waiter apologised and gave him a napkin to clean himself. The janitor mopped the floor. The female manager offered him a complimentary drink.

She also gave him a huge hug and a peck on the cheek while saying, “Don’t worry man. Who doesn’t make mistakes?” He has not stopped going to that bar since then.

Sometimes our attitude as believers drives souls to Hell.

You can make a difference by how you treat people especially when they make mistakes.

*IF you cannot be a bridge to connect people, then do not be a wall to separate them.

* IF you cannot be a light to brighten people's good deeds then do not be darkness covering their efforts.

* IF you cannot be water to help people's crops sprout, then do not be a pest destroying their crops.

* IF you cannot be a vaccine to give life, do not be a virus to terminate it.

* IF you cannot be a pencil to write anyone's happiness, then try to be a nice eraser to remove their sadness.

We can always be each other’s keeper, let us resolve to heal the world and make it a better place.

This parable obviously invites us to judge less and be more understanding, and I think it a beautiful reminder to treat others with more grace, more often.

I feel one of the natural characteristics many of us have is a tendency to assume the worst of intentions.

Let us manifest more grace to those around us so that they will never want to leave our midst – but that they may always return wanting more of what the gospel of Jesus Christ has to offer.

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