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They Call Me 'The Creature'. (Part Six)
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

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Disfigured teenager Nathan Lake continues to morph into his newfound Christian faith.


I suppose it is high time I write in here again; it's been at least a month since my last posting.

It's me.  Nathan.  The kid with the freaked up face.  I have been doing well; since I became saved last month, things have been happening, things I've never experienced before, and it has me bumfuzzled.

For instance, friends.  I have been teased, picked on all my life; never had kids pay attention to me before; it's all new, unfamiliar.  I have gained at least a dozen friends; all go to my church, and I find myself craving more in the way of being around kids instead of running away from them.

Another thing, self esteem.  I used to have the self esteem of a dead frog:  now I feel tons better about myself, even my face.  So my face is not what you'd expect.  Big deal.  I'm a person, and I would rather people get to know the real kid behind the damaged face instead of focusing on just the obvious.

Thirdly, my grades had soared:  I was on the brink of failure from school.  Didn't want to do my homework, would rather play games or go to You-Tube on the computer than complete my homework, which drove my parents crazy.  Well, I got my computer privelages taken away; had no choice BUT to bring up the grades, which I ultimately did, in the end, when it counted the most.

I managed to pass school.  I'm now advancing to the next grade; that's been nothing but a true to life miracle!!

I still go to CCAofG every week:  every Sunday, also every Wednesday night.  I also go on Thursday nights for choir practice.  I sing tenor in the choir, and every Sunday, the kids (The King's Kids is the name of the children's/teen's choir) worship, right along with the adults; it's a full platform when we're all on the stage!  People see me, and they are always amazed by my courage, my newfound faith in Christ.

I like to say that it was Christ who rescued me when I needed it the most.  I was on the brink of suicide:  He gave me something to believe in, and He gave me my life back.  For the first time in YEARS I have a sense of hope, and I am beginning to like myself despite my appearance.

I am a living, walking miracle, and I don't know why I hadn't found Christ sooner!  It could have saved me a lot of grief!!

Well, I am going to go back to sleep; gettin' stupid all of a sudden.  I will write in here again soon; until then, this is Nate the Great signing outta here.  Goodnight! *YAWN*

~Nathan Lake (aka "The Creature"). :)


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Reviewed by Jon Willey 6/25/2008
"A little attitude adjustment". Well done Karen. May peace be with you. JMW
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 6/25/2008

Nate's attitude is changing for the better - and it's good to see. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 6/25/2008
Great write Karen. I'm really enjoying this story of the 'creature.' You have put so much passion into this as well as the sad and happy truths of one being a bit different. Keep up the great work. Very well done my friend. God bless.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/25/2008
People can be cruel but when you have true friends, they see whats inside of you and not the outside. I am glad that Nathan if feeling good about himself. Thank you for sharing Karen.

Newfie hugs are on the way, Rose

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