By Fritz Klumpp
省思 / 討論題目
你是否曾觀察過某人的生命有徹底的改變，與你以前所認識的那人大不相同，而且你像作者的妻子一樣想知道：「他們擁有的是什麼？我如何也能得到？」 在你看來，生命中是否有「重要的問題」是每個人都必須回答－－或想要知道答案，例如「為何我在這裡？」「我生命的目的是什麼？」「除了早上起床，去工作，努力掙扎過了一天，回 家，然後第二天再重覆這樣循環－－還有其他的嗎？」請解釋。 若你有考慮過以上的問題，你找到什麼答案或結論？ 你是否有如作者所說成為「新造的人」的經驗？你認為那是什麼意思？若你想看或討論聖經對此主題的其他部份，請看以下經文：約翰福音3章3、16-18節；羅馬書6章4-11節；加拉太書2章20節；以弗所書2章8-9節；提多書3章5節
“THAT IS WHAT I WANT”
By Fritz Klumpp
Although Hank and I spent an hour each Sunday in the same class at a church in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A., we had never been formally introduced. Physically he reminded me of a young Clint Eastwood. I had learned that like me, Hank was a pilot and had flown Marine fighter planes in the Pacific during World War II.
Even though he was cordial enough, I got the impression you did not want to get too close because if you crossed him, Hank would just as soon punch you in the nose as tell you the time of day. I later learned he was a boxer, and my initial impressions were accurate. Hank”s wife, nickcnamed “M-Jo,” seemed like the classic example of the California “golden girl,” but was extremely quiet and rarely uttered a word.
My wife, Ann, and I eventually moved from New Orleans” south shore to the north shore of Lake Ponchatrain, and looked for a new place to spend our Sunday mornings. At this time I was attending church for several reasons. First of all, I felt I was paying God back for having spared my life while flying numerous combat missions in Vietnam. Secondly, I had two little girls. When our first daughter was born, the thought of raising a little girl scared me to death – because I know how little boys think. I wanted my daughters to have the moral guidance of the church until they were old enough to consider the consequences of any wrong decisions they might make.
Thirdly, going to church simply suited the image I had determined I should have. I was a professional person and felt I needed to look the part of a respectable person and family man. Appearances are important, right? In reality, however, I was spiritually bankrupt, but thought no one who called himself a Christian had anything more than what I did.
One morning we were sitting there as we had done so many Sundays before. Hank and M-Jo had joined the same church we were attending and began talking about an event they had experienced in Dallas, Texas. They seemed to radiate an enthusiasm the likes of which I had never seen before. That was the morning Ann turned to me and said, “I don”t know what it is they have, but that”s what I want.”
We had seen two lives miraculously changed. Having observed and known him previously, the transformation we saw in Hank”s life and demeanor led us to seek meaningful answers to life”s greatest questions, such as, “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” “Is this life all there is – or is there something more?”
Thanks in part to the example we had seen in Hank and M-Jo, my wife and I began a spiritual quest that turned our lives upside-down. We gained new perspectives on marriage, parenting, business and work, even our finances. We discovered a sense of direction and hope we had never imagined. And ultimately, we gained a new life. As it says in the New Testament of the Bible, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
When Jesus Christ came into our lives, we became, as the verse states, “new creations.” Have you ever witnessed a life miraculously transformed? Perhaps you have had such an experience yourself. If not, have you ever desired such a change, to gain a new life?
William F. Klumpp is a veteran aviator, life coach, and public speaker. A former board member and executive director of CBMC, he has spoken in Europe, Africa, Australia and Canada, as well as across the U.S.
Have you ever observed the life of someone that was so radically different from other people you have known, you found yourself wondering, as Mr. Klumpp”s wife did, “What is it they have? And how can I get it, too?” In your view, are there “big questions” about life everyone needs to answer – or would like to know the answers to, such as “Why am I here?” “What is my purpose?” Or perhaps, “Is there more to life than getting up in the morning, going to work, struggling through the day, going home, and starting the cycle all over the next day?” Explain your answer. If you have considered questions like that, what answers or conclusions have you found? Can you relate to Mr. Klumpp”s statement about becoming a “new creation”? What do you think that means?If you would like to look at or discuss other portions from the Bible that relate to this topic, consider the following brief sampling of passages: John 3:3,16-18; Romans 6:4-11; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5