The Story of Melvyn

3 March 2019

Bradley Mawer

This is the story of Melvyn. Melvyn had the most adventurous life you could imagine.

As a teen, Melvyn was into Boxing and he was really good at it. In fact, he was so good that he even quit school to pursue his Boxing in the hopes of making it a career. But, as it turned out, because he wasn’t a local in the true sense, his opportunities soon vanished and he was left with no choice but to quit.

Bitterly disappointed and angry at the world around him, Melvyn decided to join the Ships. He found work on Cargo ships that would then take him around the world.

As a shipee, Melvyn enjoyed his daily tasks as much as he did his evening routines, that is smoking, drinking and gambling with the other shipees at the end of the day. With high wages for that time, every port call was a chance to go out and enjoy life. With no family to think about and no dreams for the future, Melvyn would enjoy the pleasures of life.

He was always surrounded by friends, who enjoyed his company and his enthusiasm for life. God, was someone he thought about at Easter and Christmas only. He was living life as a worldly Christian.

You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment.

Ecclesiastes 11:9


伝道者の書 11:9

Melvyn didn’t care about God’s judgment. he was too busy enjoying life. As time went by, Melvyn was soon married and had children. However, with his job requiring him to be away most of the year, his wife and children hardly ever got to see him.

You would think that Melvyn would now change his habits but No, for Melvyn, the life of a shipee meant smoking, drinking, partying and friends. Even when he would return home for his one month holiday, Melvyn would spend more time with his friends than his family. Mind you, these were all friends attracted to the money that Melvyn had.

His wife and children began to see only the negative aspects of his character. There were times when Melvyn would be loving and caring but more often than not, he prefered a life of enjoyment. The Bible has a stern warning for people who choose to live this way.

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Timothy 5:8


テモテへの手紙Ⅰ 5:8

Melvyn was not grateful for all the God had blessed him with – a good job, a good salary, a wife, children and a passion for life. Instead, he took it all and used it to satisfy his own selfish desires. He was acting worse than an unbeliever. However, God was watching and the situation soon changed.

God decided that it was time to act.

Melvyn lost his job and was forced to return home. With no education to fall back on and with no money saved, Melvyn had to find a way to survive. He couldn’t. Smoking, Drinking, Gambling would soon consume him. The friends that were ever present during the good times were no longer to be found. His world had turned upside down.

He was now dependent on his wife. That didn’t sit well with him and soon his family fell apart. His kids were grown up now and they didn’t connect with him.

Soon, the problems with his family reached boiling point and he separated from his wife and children. Melyvn was now by himself and he had to find a place to live. He had reached the lowest point in his life. He was alone- no family, no friends, no job, no money, no hope, no dreams. It was all gone. Very much like the Prodigal Son in the Bible. Only in this case, the Son was also a Husband and a Father.

It was at this lowest point in his life that Melvyn decided to go to church again. He slowly but surely found his way back to God. Years would go by before he was able to reconcile with his family. In finding God, Melvyn found himself.

He was now able to see the person he truly was- a kind-hearted, helpful man, ever ready to help people in need. He would now spend his time helping people with whatever help they needed. He was the go-to guy when anyone needed help. His children started seeing the good side of their Dad and their respect and love for him slowly began to grow.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6


箴言 知恵の泉 3:5-6

God had been waiting for Melvyn to return to him. And now that he had, God was forgiving and ready to use him.

If you needed to find Melvyn, the Church would be the place to go. If he wasn’t there, all you had to do was call him and he would be there to help you. He was now grateful for all the small blessings in his life and he was teaching others to do the same. Melvyn was God’s man now.

Melvyn passed away suddenly while on Pilgrimage. He went to seek God and God decided it was time to call him home.

At his funeral, the church was full of people who had been blessed by him. His wife and his two younger sons cried and so did every person in the church. Only his eldest son didn’t. His eldest son was able to see the example that their Dad had set. How through his life, Dad had taught him a valuable lesson. The lesson to walk with God.

His Dad wasn’t the best Dad he could have hoped for in life, but in death, He was the best man he had ever known. Dad was now home with God and his eldest son was happy at knowing that.

Melvyn’s story teaches us that it is never too late to come to God and to walk with him. When we chase money and pleasure and the things of this world, we will lose the things that are truly important.

So, let me encourage you to walk with God, let God shed his light on your path. Don’t be fooled by the pleasures of this world. Seek God first in all you do and he will bless you abundantly.

Let Melvyn’s life serve as a reminder of what not to do and what to do. Melvyn’s journey started as a worldly Christian and ended as a World Class Christian.