Before I jump into my new study of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God, I wanted to share my testimony. The title of this post is “How Jesus Saved My Life” because I truly believe that He has and will continue to.
Growing up in a small town in northern Oklahoma, my parents were all about me growing up in church. I was raised in the Methodist church and was involved in everything imaginable. I was in the children choir, Sunday school, etc. I even went through a program in Cub Scouts called God and Me and God and Family. In the eyes of the Methodist church, I was “saved” upon being baptized as a small child. When I was in 6th grade, I went through a class called Confirmation. This class basically initiated me into the church as a full member. Once I went through that class, my parents stopped going to church. As they stopped going, I stopped going. I didn’t step foot back into a church until I was a sophomore in high school.
I was in choir in high school. There was a girl that I was interested in that was in choir with me. Her family was in a major car accident that had killed her mother. I asked this girl to go to the town’s Christmas production. She agreed, gave me her number and went on her way. When I called her to set up everything, she told me that she wouldn’t be able to come, but if I wanted, I was invited to her church production that she was in. I told her I would be there. I went and enjoyed the production. While I was there, I saw that a lot of the people my age there were in choir with me at school. I started attending their youth group, and then Sunday service as well. I became a regular at that church. For the record, that girl and I never ended up dating. God had put her in my life for a reason, but not for the means of romance.
On September 1, 1998, I went to a drama production with the youth group called “Heaven’s Gates and Hells Flames”. That production spoke directly to me. At the end when a pastor called for people who wanted to be saved, I went and committed my life to Jesus. A year later I joined the church.
In the last twelve years, I have been through up’s and down’s. I have questioned God for doing things in my life that I myself didn’t understand. But the one thing I have realized is that God does things for a reason. If I wasn’t where God put me, I wouldn’t be or have the things I have today. I don’t believe I would be married to a wonderful woman, or even be in Oklahoma City.
I am excited for what God has for me in the future. I apologize that this post was a longer than normal one, but I wanted to share some of my background with you.
Until next time readers, God Bless!
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