Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.
“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11
Watch Your Back!
Ever been stabbed in the back by a friend? Well this next Laugher has, LITERALLY! And he has the pictures to prove it! This Laugher gives a whole new meaning to “back stabbers”! Read his amazing story below!
CILN was able to sit down with a remarkably blessed young man and hear his amazing story. Eric Maurice Clark is the author of The Experience (Near to Death) which recounts his brush with death. So before we get into that, let’s find out a little more about Eric Maurice Clark.
Eric describes himself as a passionate individual who wants to “ignite people’s passion to fulfill their God-given purposes.” With Eric’s book he stresses the importance of encouragement, believing that encouragement is what helps people press on when life deals them some devastating blows.
So here’s the story:
*Eric is on his way to church with a friend
*He and his friend get into a heated disagreement (Understatement of the year!)
*Next thing Eric knows he is on the ground with the friend pounding on his back repeatedly
*The friend soon runs off toward the church
*Eric stumbles into the church where he decides to inspect his aching back
*To his surprise, horror, and shock his hand comes away bloody
* “When I made it into the church I finally snapped into reality”
*Eric realizes that he was not just punched but that he was STABBED!
*While recovering in the hospital, Eric is informed that he was stabbed 13 times!
Check out the video for Part 1 of “Watch Your Back!” As Eric shares his story I dare you to try not to break out into a shout!
So why did Eric decide to write The Experience (Near to Death) and share this painful moment with the world? After the attack Eric began to write because there was so much on his mind. Eric says, “If God could save my life from such a vicious attack and heinous crime, how dare me sit on my rear and not even express to the people and give them a relevant word of what I went through. And I know it has to be relevant ‘cause if God brought me through it, it’s definitely going to encourage and help people along their way.” Eric just wants people to know that “whatever you are going through know that God is able to see you through.”
Can Eric Laugh Now? “Yes! Yes, we can laugh now at the enemy ‘cause you thought you had me but you didn’t! Your trick didn’t work!” (Eric was literally about to break out into a praise session in the middle of the interview; can you blame him?!)
Eric believes that God shielded him “even in the midst of the attack.” God shielded Eric’s mind in that he didn’t even realize he was being stabbed, which Eric views as a blessing because he knows that he would not have been able to mentally process what was happening to him. He also could have easily gone into shock and could even be traumatized to this day.
Eric is a passionate man who just wants to show the goodness of the Lord and how God has been good to him (Well we all can relate to that! So what are you waiting on to share your story? It doesn’t have to be on the scale of Eric’s but we all have experienced God’s goodness in one form or another, so share! ) Eric says, “[I’m] happy for every opportunity to share ‘cause it’s a chance to SLAP the devil in his face and tell him he’s a liar!” Amen to that!
Want to read more from Eric Maurice Clark? (Of course you do!) His second book, Addicted to Pain, is due out this fall. Eric deals with something he calls the “familiarity of pain.” Eric says that when we get tired of feeling the same pain, we won’t come back to the same (painful) spot! (So simple yet so profound!)
Eric is also working on I Made a Mistake. Eric states that there is nothing wrong with making a mistake because with mistakes come experience and wisdom. However, it’s when these mistakes become habits that we need to do some internal reevaluation.
Find more about Eric on his Facebook Page #1 and Page #2. (Yes, he has two pages. Lol.)You can find The Experience (Near Death), Addicted to Pain, and I Made a Mistake at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and iTunes.
Has this post blessed you? Has Eric’s amazing story helped reveal something in your own life? In your relationship with God? If so, please share by commenting below 🙂
And now for a little something extra:
When asked to choose between the following, Eric responded…
Last or First? First
August or April? April
Under or Over? Over
Good or Bad? Bad (You’ll have to watch the video to see why he chose bad, lol!)
Hot or Cold? Cold
Until Next Time,
Do you have a remarkable story to share or do you know a remarkable person CILN should meet? If so, shoot us an email at http://firstname.lastname@example.org.