About the age of 12 I came to know Christ as the one who loved me and gave himself for me. I made a commitment publicly- making the words of this hymn my own:

“Just as I am without one plea,
but that thy blood was shed for me
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee
O Lamb of God I come.”

Now at the age of retirement I am both thankful and a little sorrowful that the goals I had for my Christian life have not come to pass. I have disappointed my Saviour too many times- and at times I cry out with the Psalmist “What is man that You are mindful of him?”

Of late I have cherished my times on the computer. Seeking to learn as a disciple, I have discovered many great Christian sites where sermons and pdf files can be downloaded and pondered on. It was when I was perusing the net that I came across this course from the Christian Leaders Institute where there is Bible training for any age. While it provides a sound introduction to study habits, one of the things I was challenged by the most was the leadership qualities needed by us personally. My character still needs so much more maturing- so I am looking in expectation to further studies to hone my knowledge and my appreciation of this God who humbled himself, even unto death, that I may have a hope and a future- and that I would continue to examine myself- as exhorted in the Scriptures- and as we are reminded to do in these lessons.

Let me close with another stanza of a hymn that has been an integral part of my Christian walk.

“Were the whole realm of nature mine
That were an offering far too small
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.”

– Geoffery Watson

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