Taking on God’s Character
“You were created to be like God, truly righteous and holy.” (Ephesians 4:24 GW)
“take on an entirely new way of life – a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces His character in you.” (Ephesians 4:22 Msg)
RAMBLINGS from Kris King’s husband – Kris came from a good family in Dunwoody. Her dad was a successful business man who started and sold several companies. Her mom was a faithful housewife and volunteer who was busy running things at home.
She finished high school and headed off to the University of Georgia to study education. She planned to become a teacher and took class after class, dialing in her area of focus to special education. She was drawn to working with special needs children. As she approached the end of her senior year, she lined up a job an hour south of Atlanta. She could see things finishing up nicely where she would be able to put a nice bow on her college life.
The day before finals, tragedy came her way when she was attacked two miles off campus. She was grabbed leaving a discount store as she climbed in her car. She was taken, attacked, and left tied up in the woods while her attacker robbed a bank at gunpoint. She got her self loose, crawled through the underbrush and found a work site where she borrowed a phone. The FBI, GBI and local police came. There was a manhunt.
Her life was suddenly turned upside down and her future came to a screeching halt. Two days later she was back in Dunwoody convalescing with no graduation, friends scattered everywhere, and no future plans beyond that day. She hunkered down at home, the only place she felt safe.
Several days later she was contacted by the ministry she had worked at the two previous summers. Someone was retiring and she was already trained to do the job. Barely a week after the incident, she was back at work amongst friends with whom she felt safe. She now had a full time job, nowhere near where a week earlier she had planned to move.
Her new co-worker invited her to visit the singles Sunday school class she was attending at a big church in Atlanta. Kris went and bumped into this lug in the parking lot after church. We quickly became friends where I learned of her final days at school.
A year later we started dating. Two years later we were married. Twenty two years later we have three wonderful kids and feel so incredibly blessed.
Kris will admit to you that we probably would have never met without that tragedy in her life. She would have graduated and taken a teaching job two hours south of me. I probably would not know the joy of having her as my best friend. Connor, Lacy and Evan would not be here, because we would have never met.
Am I sorry for the trauma that hit her the day before finals, so many years ago? Sure. Am I thankful that it put a turn in her life’s path, and pointed her two hours north? YES! Has it given her a platform to talk about it to other women? ABSOLUTELY!
God is good at taking the lemons in our life and making wonderful lemonade….
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)