A New Begining

anthony - houston, Texas
Entered on March 2, 2009
Age Group: 18 - 30
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“If you have made mistakes, even serious ones, there is always another chance for you. What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down,” by Mary Pickford. This quotes states that people make mistakes and should always get a second chance at redeeming themselves. In my opinion, when a person is given a second chance that means that they have one ticket to become a better person and learn from his or her mistakes. I believe in giving second chances because it shows you are able to forgive someone even though they might have hurt you severely. It also brings friends and family closer together. When people hold grudges, they tend to give off negative energy and a change in attitude. Forgiveness is the key to unlock the door to pasture of tranquility and jubilance.

When I was ten years old, I was a very hyperactive child. I would do things that would unnecessary just to get laughs out of people. I use to do things that would make my parents upset with me. For example, I would break things in the house, not follow directions, and always start fights with my little sister. You would think that I would burn off all the energy I had at home and come to school with a calm and serious attitude. That was not the case. No matter where I went, I act the same way. I thought it was fun and cool to wrestle with other kids and fathers, but what I did not realize was that I was giving my parents a bad name. Showing that I did not have home training and my parents could not control me, which was not the case. My parents did discipline me when I turned into “Denis the Menace.” It went in one ear and out the other.

On that following Sunday, I decided I wanted forgiveness from God, a second chance to start over and become a better person. When the deacons said,” Is there anybody that wants to give their life over to God and to be born again, come down to the front.” As a confident young boy, I walked down to the front of the sanctuary and ask God for forgiveness by getting baptized.