Spiritual Lessons That Changed My Life
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In my life I've had two GREAT fears—one was math, and the other was learning to speak a foreign language. As for language, I even had a problem with learning my own language, English! In middle school I'd have to get up in front of the class and on the blackboard "diagram" all the parts of a sentence. I would have rather faced off a pack of wild, rabid, snarling and snapping wolves than to diagram a sentence in front of the class! I felt like all those comma splices and dangling whatevers were gonna kill me!
To make matters worse, my English teacher in middle school was also the Spanish teacher. The first year in English class when she would get upset with me, she would yell at me in Spanish and make me stay after school in her Spanish classroom. The next year when I had to take Spanish and she would get upset with me, she would yell at me in English and make me stay after school in her English classroom. As a result, I developed this fear/hate relationship with language—including my own.
So years later it was with fear and trembling that I stood up from my knees after praying while at the Bible college I was attending in Canada, with the thought that the Lord wanted me to go to my state college, the Ohio State University (OSU), back in the United States and study Chinese!! I knew little to nothing about China. I wasn't even sure where it was located. That was because I was not a good student in high school where I should have learned this in geography class.
The next day I was in the lobby of the administration building and remembered the large map of the world they had framed on the wall. Walking over to it, I thought I would see exactly where China was located. I stood in front of the map looking at the line boundary marking out the location of the country. In an instant, the whole country suddenly turned into.
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