“Kemuel, I’m concerned about you. If you continue on the path you are on, you will either end up dead or in jail by the time you’re sixteen. I’m really at a loss as to how to help you. I’ll let your parents know. You can go back to class.” Those words ended the brief, but life changing conversation with the principal during eighth grade. Frequent class disruptions, fights, and confrontations with teachers and those in authority at school had led to this point. I felt alone with no one to turn to.
On a Sunday morning, not long afterward, I was in church. The pastor spoke of a God who could forgive all sin. He said, “Jesus Christ can give you a heart that wants to do right.” I knew inside that I desperately needed that! The pastor invited anyone who wanted to trust in Jesus Christ to come forward. My friend Bobby whispered, “If you want to go, I’ll go with you.” I was already gone! What happened in those moments can only be described as a new life being born.
I never returned to the principal’s office again and never had another negative confrontation with any teacher, coach or bus driver from that day forward. Thirty-six years have passed, but God’s faithfulness has been unfailing. Life is not always pleasant, but the constant peace drawn from my friendship with Jesus anchors my life daily. I live in the joy of my eternal hope and in constant amazement of the adventurous God who remade and redirected my life just when I needed it most!
Check out my Church: French Broad Baptist Church, Hendersonville, NC