Nineteenth century London had death this 10 year old lad a cruel hand. His father was in jail and hunger pains gnawed at his stomach. To feed himself, the boy took a job pasting labels on bottles in a grim, rat infected warehouse. He slept in a dismal attic room with two other urchins but he secretly dreamed of becoming a writer. HE only had four years of schooling and had little confidence in his ability but what he did have was determination. To avoid the jeering of the other boys he would sneak out at night to mail his first manuscripts...Story after story was refused, until finally one was accepted. He wasn't paid but still on editor had praised his work.

The recognition he received through the printing of that one story changed his life. If it had not been for that one editor, he might have spent his entire life in a rat-infected factory.

You may have heard of this young lad, whose books brought about so many reformed in the treatment of children and the poor. His name was Charles Dickens, author of the famous story A Christmas Carol. It is amazing what a little encouragement might do for a young person. God calls us into the life of many people in our time on earth. We can all make a difference to those around us. Watch for those opportunities for sharing God's love each day...

Pastor John -