He also began to design clothes. As a teenager, he wanted more clothes and needed to make extra money. So while at his electrical job, he attended designing school, graduating at the top of his class because of his natural, creative, God given ability. He began to advertise and did small jobs, even before he graduated! He also designed and sold clothes to the upper echelon of the Island.
However, the success of his designing endeavor led him into major controversies with his church leadership because they didn’t yet understand the calling of God to the people of God, that was meant to be displayed outside the 4 walls of the church. Even now, in most of our churches, there is not much knowledge or information made available to Christians as to how we can glorify God outside of the church with our God given talents. In the meantime, we manage to get our confession list together, make sure we have several different versions of the Bible, attend services regularly and “give til it hurts,” while the world is running away with the cash, like the dish ran away with the spoon!
Clarence persisted and defied the odds, moving away from religion and into a relationship with Jesus. You see, religion is what’s left after the Holy Ghost has departed. That’s not what we’re after. It’s not what Clarence wanted for himself or for his family either. He’s not new to overcoming obstacles. He said that he went through such stressful, depressing situations at times that he asked God to please take him home. He went to bed at night, not wanting to wake up in the morning, yet he continued waking up! He said that he just had to take one step at a time with his head down. He never wanted to raise his head, because he didn’t want to see how much farther he had to go, in the marathon called life. I’m sure many of us can relate.
As I tuned in to listen to his program last Thursday night, I realized that the quiet fire was not only in him and on him, but he had the ability to draw in “whosoever will” into the fire with him. He was not content to have people watch him burn, he wanted them to burn as well. He wants to educate the body of Christ and the world at large about issues affecting us, especially men. He is a communicator at heart and has the innate ability to teach while at the same time drawing others in.
Clarence’s steadfastness and humility brought him through the ranks of despair, hopelessness and guilt about past mistakes, to where he is right now, and will continue to move him up through the ranks. The same thing will happen for me and you. Jesus already bore all our guilt and all of our shame. Today we can say goodbye to shame, humiliation, disgrace and embarrassment just as Clarence did. We certainly don’t need that baggage to hold us back; there is Grace to enable us to move forward! We’re steadfast and we’re humble. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever! He will do it for us too!
Source: Clarence Archibald & Man-talk.us
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