If you missed it, you can quickly read the first part of this short parable here.
At first, he hadn’t noticed the difference because work had been so busy that it had demanded all of his attention. He traveled around the world negotiating and closing deals, but lately, even the thrill of winning a contract had gone. Bill was plodding through life and he knew that there was something missing.
As he thought about what was wrong, Bill realized that he missed the purpose, fulfillment, strength and guidance that he had found in his friendship with Pete. He still remembered Pete’s final words to him: “Call me anytime you like, I’m always available to talk to you.”
When Bill had got a new phone, he hadn’t given Pete the number. It had been so long since they had talked and he felt too embarrassed to call, he wasn’t even sure what he would say and he knew he had really let his friend down.
As Bill sat there feeling depressed he found a card with a website address on it which had been left by the ‘Dingoes’ organisation. (Bill thought that this was quite a strange name and he decided that one day he would have to rearrange the letters to come up with something better).
The address was http://www.PetesWord.net and as he opened it on his phone it and began to read he was astonished by what he found. All of the things that Pete had said to him were written down plus there was some new information there as well. As he read, long into the night he was reminded about Pete’s love for every human being. Eventually he couldn’t help himself, he picked up the phone and called Pete.
He blurted out “Hi, Pete, it’s Bill here” and then came the reply he had been hoping for, “I’ve missed you Bill”.
They talked for hours and Bill was completely overwhelmed by Pete’s love and acceptance for him and that night marked a new start in his life. Accessing, reading and obeying Pete’s Word became a regular and important part of his life as did talking with Pete several times a day. Bill had felt lost and alone but now he was found and he was so grateful!
“Everything in the Scriptures is God’s word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live.” (2 Tim 3.16).
Do we believe that reading the Bible can be life changing? If we do, then how much time will we make to read it and to talk with Jesus about what we find within it?