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Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Woodshed

God took me to the woodshed.  I don't know if He has ever done that to you, but if He has, you will never forget it.  It was in the Fall of 2001.  I thought I was Superman.  I knew more than anyone else too.  I was a teenage punk.  There really is no other way to describe me.

I was living my life as if there was no God.  I was recklessly living my life, but still going to church on Sunday and Wednesday.  On this Fall day I had a huge fight with my dad.  His famous line for describing me was, "If I could buy you for what you are worth and sell you for what you think you are worth, I would be a millionaire many times over."  Needless to say, he was right.

After this huge fight, in which I came as close I had ever to swinging at him, I decided the best thing for me to do was to hit the road.  I went in my room and started to pack my bag, because I was gone.  As I packed my bag, I somehow ended up on the floor crying.  It was as though I was paralyzed.  I can remember saying these words to God, "I can't do this anymore."  It was like He said, "Finally."  All of those years I had tried to live my life on my own.  I had spent many years seeking after the wrong thing.

It was at that point that I completely surrendered to Christ.  Many people have asked me if I believe that's when I truly was saved?  I don't know really know to be honest.  The only thing I knew was that I got up out of the floor a changed young man.  God took me to the woodshed and whooped me.

The discipline of God can often be difficult for us to bear.  God is constantly pruning us to make us who He wants us to be.  We don't need to feel angry or bitter toward God for His discipline.  Instead, we need to be thankful that God is still working on us.  We are all works in progress.  None of us have arrived to perfection.  Without the woodshed experience, I would probably be dead right now.

Guess what?  You will learn throughout my story that this was not the last time I was taken to the woodshed by God.  It is something that He has had to do on a couple of more occasions.  Each time I thank God that He has loved me enough to discipline me.  It would do you well to study the discipline of God.  It is a wonderful thing.  Thanks be to God for His loving chastisement.

JCH

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