by Jim Henry

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Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church Orlando
3000 S. John Young Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32805-6691

"Living Under the Influence of--People Who Hurt Us"
1 Samuel 18:5-14, 28-29

Sunday, 4/23/95, 10:30a.m. Service

It was between my junior and senior years in high school, my two
favorite years in school. Once you were by the freshman and
sophomore years you began to feel like you could lift up your head
again. Then you were looking forward to being a junior and the
next year you would get to be a senior. Usually something
happens in another way during those years and you began to
notice your feelings an emotions changing. You began to notice
the other sex in a different way and that happened to me and I had
my first summer romance.

You who have had a first summer romance know what I am talking
about. This was your first big love and you thought about her and
your heart turned flips and you just knew that this was the one! It
was idyllic, it was marvelous--wow! It went great although she lived
in another state and we wrote each other. Those letters were just
jumping; they were just so great you would open and read one and
then read it again and read between the lines and read into what
probably wasn't there. Oh, it was just wonderful. Around
December I received a letter and, as I was hurrying to the ball
game, I didn't open it right away waiting until I had dressed out in
the locker room. In great expectation, there in the locker room, I
opened it--"Dear Jim..." It wasn't quite the lavish praise I had been
receiving in the opening lines of previous letters. It was kind of cold
and I knew immediately something was wrong. Sure enough she
had found another love. I was hurt, I cried, I kicked the locker, I
mean it really hurt me. So, I lost and was hurt by my first romantic
love. Probably everyone here has had an experience like tha ...

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