Since this is lengthy, you may want to print this.
As a Christian businessman, I put God first in my life. As such, I feel it necessary to share
my story of how I came to Jesus in hopes that curiosity into who I am and how I conduct
business will lead others to Christ through my testimony along with other articles I have
written over time as inspired by Almighty God.
My journey to Christ began in January 1984 when a young man came to work where I did.
We both worked night shift and I was reading the newspaper one night while he was
reviewing a drawing at the time. The article I was reading was about a woman who had
made an amazing recovery from a sometimes fatal disease where doctors thought she was
a goner. The doctors had no explanation for this recovery. I remarked out loud that the
doctors didn’t seem to understand it was a miracle, plain and simple. This young man
asked me what church I went to. I told him I didn’t go to church. I guess he found that
kind of odd. I knew I had always believed there was a God but my beliefs didn’t go much
beyond that. I was churched until I began college back in the late 70s but my parents
weren’t Christians but felt church was good for the family. Well, this young man, my
friend, began his witness to me. I was stubborn and hard-headed, though, and wanted life
my way. What was my way? Drugs and alcohol and partying was my life. I always seemed
to have a little extra money to do this so I lived for it. Life was great (or so I thought). I
seemd to always be getting into trouble or doing stupid things, though. I and a group of
my “friends” were nearly arrested in Washington DC for possession of marijuana. My
brohter and I were arrested for trespassing and stealing parts of a car that was in an
impound yard run by the Vienna police department (I mean how stupid could we be?!?!?).
In the meantime, my friend kept witnessing to me by example. He never said much to me
but led his life in a Christ-Like manner. One day he gave me a book called “Strength for
Living” or something like that. It was written by a person named Buckingham in 1984, the
year declared as “The Year of the Bible” by then president Reagan. This was early 1985. I
threw on the dash of my car and it sat there for a few weeks. One day I was feeling
particularly down so I started to read it and it had testimonies of famous people. Was I
surprised to see the testimony og Roger Staubach, one of my all time favorite football
players! Well, I read on but not the whole book then threw it on my dash again. Well,
things weren’t going too well still but I continued to observe my friend at work and I
knew he had problems in his life too but how he handled them and his continual joy of life
depsite the circumstances really made me stop and think. Right then and there I decided I
wanted what he had. I picked up the book of my dash again ad read through it to this
point and cryed out to God and felt better. Then I went out that night and got high again.
Long about Sunday, two days later, I realized that I wasn’t going to succeed at this my
own way and really hated myself for the person I had become and didn’t seem to have the
displine to do what I knew was right. At my lowest point, I decided I could commit
suicide or talk to God again. Well, I knew I wanted to live so that was out so I simply
talked to God out loud and told Him to take me and do with me what he wanted because
God certainly couldn’t do any worse with my life than what I was doing. So I committed
my life to Jesus toward the end of March 1985 and decided I was going to be obedient
right from the get go. That meant cold turkey on everything. I quit drugs, alcohol and
smoking immediately. To be honest, I felt like doing all this cold turkey simultaneously
was about the worst thing I could have done. My body rebelled against the sudden
withdrawal from everything all at once. I was not going to give in to my body’s cravings
though and in my weak moments, recited the Lord’s Prayer, read my Bible faithfully and
prayed earnestly. I began attending church on Palm Sunday 1985 and joined the church I
began at in February 1987.
Life is so different for me and though I still suffer trials and tribualtions, I know Jesus is
there to walk with me every day and carry me when I feel my burdens are too heavy.
While this has already become too long, I invite everyone’s comments and if there’s
enough encouragement, I am willing to continue my story of my walk with Jesus from
1985 to present.
If you want to know more about the basic principles of salvation, check
out How to become a Christian. If you have made the decision to commit
your life to Christ and want to know more about living for Jesus, please
read Ideals of Christian Living.
Two great books for seekers and believers alike that I'd recommend are:
1. Bruce and Stan's Guide to God -- A User Friendly Approach
2. The Journey (NIV), Subtitled A Bible for Spiritual Seekers, this book is an
evangelistic tool to help seekers find the answers to their questions.
This is a great Bible for believers, too!