Sunday School

Would you believe it?
Lorna has just sat down to play the piano for the first time since she injured her hand.
One of her fingers is not going back into place.
I am thinking, maybe as she plays, she will be completely healed.
We have to fan our gifts into flame.
We have to believe the verse in Romans 11:29
Gods gifts and call are unchanging.

When Lorna was growing up in the children’s home, she was often taken to the local Baptist church for Sunday school. Lorna remembered with affection, the young lady who taught her, because of the kindness shown to her.
When Lorna was about 30 years old and herself a mother of two children, guess who should attend our church service while on holiday?
Remember Lorna grew up in Sydney and now we were living in Adelaide.
It was only because Lorna is so friendly that she recognised this lady as a visitor.
She did not recognise her as her old Sunday school teacher until they started comparing notes about where this lady lived in Sydney and then Lorna says,
” Oh, I grew up in that same area.”
A little more sharing and suddenly their eyes were opened to the fact that this was the lady who had taught Lorna as a little girl.

The biggest thrill for this lady was the realisation that her efforts in Sunday school had not been wasted.
She was going through a divorce and needed all the encouragement she could get.
What a divinely inspired coincidence.

Lorna has always loved the women in her local church and treated them as sisters in the Lord. When our first child was born Lorna missed not having a mother to help and guide her. The ladies in her church became aware of this. They organised a roster to visit Lorna and help her with the baby and to keep her company.
She has always remembered and treasured those acts of kindness.
She still appreciates what those women did for her and her family.

After the birth of our second child Lorna knew it was time for her to move on from the past. She wanted to raise her children with all the benefits that she had missed out on.
It was during this time of change that she got a big revelation about,
“the new creation.”

2 Corinthians 5:17
If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation.
Old things have passed away, all things have become new.

Old things had passed away.
Her old life was gone.
She was not the result of unfortunate circumstances.
She was brand new in Christ.
Her old life had died. Now her new life was here.
From then on, she never looked back or felt sad.
She came into a new joy because she was a new person.
A new Lorna.
I had a new wife.
Her children had a new mother.
The old Lorna died a long time ago.
She really got set free by this fresh understanding.
It remains that way to this day.
Whenever we mention the words, “a new creation,” our children’s faces light up.
They remember their mother instilling this truth into them as they grew up.
When you meet Lorna, you will notice…she is interested in everything that is new and never looks back.

Of course the most important person in the room will be you!
One of the secrets to Lorna’s motivation is written on her mirror, these are the first words she reads when she gets up in the morning.

Decide to do something differently today so when you wake up tomorrow there will be no doubt that you have changed.

Tony Egar

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