Testimony tuesday

God Gold of the day

I started out as a young boy always going to church with my family. Seemed like I was always finding the right words to say, showing up every time the doors were open, and always appearing like I had it all together. That was always what I was taught to do. I quickly found out that I couldn’t rely on my parents faith to get me to heaven. I had to believe in Christ and what He did for me for myself. Because I was always around church, it was easy for me to think in my head, “I’m going to heaven” because I was around all the Jesus stuff all the time. But I still didn’t know exactly what to do. So at 8 years old I got saved. It’s what I was always encouraged to do, my friends were doing it, so I did it.                                

Throughout high school I fell into this trap of just going through the motions. I would wake up, say my prayers, go throughout my day thinking nothing about The Lord and then say my prayers before bed. THIS WENT ON FOR 4 YEARS. There was so much wandering and wasted time that could have been spiritual growth. I came to a point in my life when I was eager to seek The Lord, I was just very unsure of how to go about it honestly. I never had anyone really come along side me and teach me how understand what I was reading, how to really surrender myself to The Father in prayer, and continually walk and grow in my faith. This continued to happen until I went to college. Stagnant is what I like to call it. 

When I made it to college, it was a game changer. I knew that I wanted to go to school somewhere that was going to have a lasting impact on my life. I was tired of pretty much putting on a happy church face on Sunday’s and then kind of doing my own thing during the week. So I had a mentor come along side of me! Man did that make a huge difference in my personal walk with The Lord. I was able to honor The Father in everything, not focusing on myself but how he could use this broken person to do His PERFECT WORK! I was wanting to learn and grow as much as possible! 

Then, The Lord really tested me. I came home to my parents splitting up. The perfect picture of love/relationship/marriage that I had ever seen. Completely gone in a moment. I remember thinking that afternoon after everything settled down, “God I know that you are the only one I can run to. You are all I have.   I promise, as angry as I am right now to fully trust you in each and every situation in my life, no matter how hard or for how long. I know that you have me in your mighty hand.” 

Ever since that day, I have actually LIVED for Christ. I wanted to go tell everyone how he restored me. How he was always there in the midst of my spiritual blindness. It took me being completely broken from what I thought was perfect (my family) to see who the perfect one is. 

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24 year old dude with not a clue what he's doing but God's grace continues to amaze me! Current Seminary student, avid adventure seeker, and getting married to the most humble, weird, and beautiful girl on the planet! Wasted a lot of years living what I thought was the "good life", then Christ showed me what living really is. I pray that my story can somehow help in whatever way possible, to give encouragement and hope that Christ can do the same with you.

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