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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 South John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691
"Living Under the Influence of--This World's Choices"
Sunday, 3/12/95, 9:30 a.m. Service
Kim Newlin was in a swimming meet, trying with her team for the
11-12 year old Junior Olympic crown. Her team had reached the
finals and she had just completed a beautiful dive on the one-
meter diving board. The judges were doing a good job but in
adding up the calls for all the teams they missed a score. When
the final tally came it looked as if Kim's team had won by .20
points over her friend Alicia, 16.2 for Kim's team, to 16 for
Alicia's. Of course Kim was excited. As she was going home with
her mother, her mother was looking at the scores. Remembering
that the judges always pull out one of the lower ones, she looked
and saw that the judges had missed that. They had missed,
accidentally, what amounted to about a point and a half for the
other team. No one knew it except Kim's mother. She had a
choice to make and so she chose to tell Kim. She said, "Kim,
this is what happened; your team really didn't win; the judges
made a mistake. No one knows it but you and me. What do you
want to do about it?"
Kim made a choice. She decided that after church that day, she
would call her friend Alicia and not tell her what had happened
until she got there. She went over to Alicia's home after church
and she took that medal which she prized so much and handed it to
Alicia, saying, "This really belongs to you." Alicia said, "What
are you talking about?" Kim explained to her what had apparently
happened, saying, "This medal really belongs to you." Of course,
Alicia was really happy and Kim was glad, too, for she had made
the right choice.
Choices are something we have to make all the time. You had to
make a choice this morning. What were you going to wear? Were
you going to come to t ...
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