The Ultimate Test

I Want to Know My Future    It was not a welcome sight when the black clouds blew in producing a tropical storm packed with strong winds and heavy rain. Rich had made plans with his father and brother to put new shingles on his leaky roof. They had allotted five days to accomplish the task before Alex and his dad had to leave Florida for Kansas where they lived.  From the moment they arrived it rained and poured every day. Finally believing they had enough sun they began the task of ripping off one side of the roof in preparation to shingle. By the time the last rotted pieces were cast to the ground a powerful rain cloud appeared leading to a torrential down pour of rain. Rich and Alex immediately put plastic on the open roof but the rain was so strong that it tore through the plastic and flooded the house. By evening plaster from the ceiling in the garage was falling down. Rain was staining the ceiling inside the house. Rich believed that with his father and Alex’s help he could save money, but now he had to call in professional roofers to fix the roof fast.  Everything he expected to accomplish backfired and he had to pay the full price for his roof. Rich was a good Christian man. He believed he was following Christ by becoming a minister in a Southern Baptist church. He felt he was living the life God meant for him to lead. His wife and children attended the same church. God was important to him and his family. Being a minister does not pay a lot of money and doing the roof with his brother and dad’s help seemed like the best solution to saving money.  Then why did it rain?  Was this the ultimate test from God? Now he was out the money for the roof and he had to pay for the damage inside his house too. Doesn’t God care about his children and take care of their needs? I am the mother of Rich and I love him very much.  As a family we attended church on a regular basis. Following God and instilling Christian faith in my children was very important to me. I married a man who shared my faith but after twelve years of marriage I discovered I was gay.  I fell in love with another woman and after accepting my sexuality I filed for divorce. Instead of my husband giving me a fair custody arrangement with our children, he chose to condemn me publically for being a homosexual.  I wrote about how my friends, family and church persecuted me in my books. I am now a Christian author. I write for God and present facts that support homosexuality as a normal lifestyle created by God. I also write books so people will understand that we are in a teaching world that requires us to learn from the tribulations that we go through. Rich was eleven years old when his father and I were divorced. He was the oldest child and put in the middle of the controversy over whether homosexuality was right or wrong.   He was told by his father during his childhood that I was a terrible sinner for being gay. He is very close to his dad and the prejudice his father preached to him as a child is the principle that Rich lives by today. Rich is now 35 years old and he has chosen to not listen to me about why I am gay. As a result we are not close. Two weeks before they began to do the roof, his wife publically declared that homosexuality is a sin on facebook.  She even went as far as stating that people who are homosexuals are demon possessed.  Rich and several other people liked her comment. My son Alex told me about the comment immediately.  I was disappointed in my son and his wife.  I was also afraid for them because I was called by God to be a Christian author. I know my bible well and I know that when you follow Jesus Christ as your Savior you will be held to higher standers than people who do not believe in God. Ephesians 6: 2&3, “‘Respect your father and mother’ is the first commandment that has a promise added; ‘so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.’” Many Christians feel they can use the bible to condemn others for homosexuality. They believe the ‘Laws of Moses’ give them the right to be prejudice. Unfortunately if you live by these laws, you cannot pick and choose which ones you will follow. You must follow all of them. When Rich and his wife publically declared my lifestyle evil, they condemn themselves and disrespected me.  This is the reason why it rained and poured and they ended up paying more for their roof.  God uses the things of the world to discipline His children and to get them to see the error of their ways.  I have learned through the years that it is better to love than to judge.  When you follow the principles of love you do not judge. You love unconditionally. It is important that when it comes to family that you have an open mind. God uses families to teach us to be more tolerate of people and lifestyles we may not understand. John 13: 34&35, “And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  If you have love for one another, then everyone will know that you are my disciples.’” I love my son unconditionally. I wanted his plan to redo his own roof to succeed.  But when he condemned my lifestyle he came under God’s judgment. That is the reason why it rained. When I first accepted my homosexuality, I studied books and the bible to understand why most churches condemn gay people. That is one of the reasons why I write articles and books. I learned from multiple materials the real truth. I pray that someday Rich will read my books.  The reality is he has two children. The possibility of one of them being like me is very real.  Being gay has been the best thing that has ever happened to me because it taught me to not judge what I didn’t understand.  This is the reason why the principle of unconditional love is the best way to handle lifestyles you don’t understand.  When you love you do not judge. Do we know the mind of God?  God uses the world to teach us revelations that we would not understand unless we go through something that makes us think.  This is how God teaches about what is right and what is wrong.  Rich did not go through the ultimate test instead he received the discipline of God. We live in a world that demands we learn. When we fail to learn we come under God’s judgment.

About Linda Dipman

I am the author of "I Want to Know My Future" and "The Game of Life It's Almost Over". I wrote these books after being persecuted by my church, family and friends. Why do bad things happen to good people? The bad things we go through in life teach us wisdom we would have never learned without going through the test. I care about people and I write for God.Linda C Dipman author of I WANT TO KNOW MY FUTURE http://lovinghandsministry.com presents I WANT TO KNOW MY FUTURE It will put you on the edge of your seat as you read each vivid detail. You will feel terror and experience love like nothing you have ever read before. Find out what happens when God fights for you! 5.0 out of 5 stars a powerful and very much recommended read. Midwest Book Review: I Want to Know My Future With nothing left, not even family, God may be the only thing left. "I Want to Know My Future" is a Christian memoir from Linda Dipman who ponders her rough journey when she was thrown in jail and forgotten by her church and family. When all seemed lost she relates how God was still there for her and she hopes her story will help other readers remember this important fact. "I Want to Know My Future" is a powerful and very much recommended read. The Christian Author Radio Show http://www.wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow-LDipman.html
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