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Changing Your Life

by Fr. Jack McArdle with Aneel Aranha

This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live (Deuteronomy 30:19)

I remember an incident in which I was involved many years ago. It was very early in the morning, and I was travelling to give a retreat in a place quite a distance from home. As I was leaving one town I encountered a young man thumbing a lift. I stopped to give him a lift, and discovered that he was travelling only a few miles short of my own destination. I asked him if he was going to work, but he wasn't; he was running away! It was quite a story.

There was a centre for alcoholics in the town where I met him. The previous evening, under pressure from family and friends he had decided to check himself in, but the following morning, as soon as the doors were unlocked he made good his escape. I'll never forget what he said, and the sense of shock in his voice as he said it. "Do you know what they wanted me to do in there? They wanted me to change my whole life!"

I've often thought of him since, and have wondered what happened to him. If he was not prepared to change his whole life he is probably dead by now. The road that was pointed out to him seemed impossible to travel. Without knowing it, he took the most difficult road of all, and, as I said, it may well have cost him his life.

It isn't always easy to do so, but are you willing to change your life? Or would you prefer to risk losing it?


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