I am a father of three and a follower of One. I have been a following Christ for 18 years now. I have had the honor of being able to teach people about Christ for most of those 18 years. During that time, I have seen many people saved by His Grace and reproduced many people to continue His work in the US and in Europe. I have been able to help develop an adult football league and see person after person give their life to Him.
I have seen God take someone like me, who grew up not only a separated from Him, but a young man who was full of sin. Greedy, selfishness and lustful, to name a few of my vices. However, God pursued me, loved me, and offered me in His Grace, forgiveness.
I had 15 years of seeing everything I tried, become successful. I will be the first to admit, this was not due to my wisdom, but God using me. I was helping churches recover from difficult challenges, leading capital campaigns, managing personnel in 22 countries, and teaching and preaching Him. The mountain top moment happened when I accepted an offer to be an Executive Pastor for Mars Hill Church. My dream job, my favorite pastor, a highly respected Sr. Executive Pastor to work with and a church that I loved. I had reached the top. (See above sins – Satan had allowed pride and selfishness to run my life again.)
However, this all changed one day. On this day, pretty much everything I loved was stripped from me. There I stood, with no Earthly protection. – 401K, savings, steady work, pride: ALL GONE. I bagged God to take this suffering away from me. To allow it to pass or to get off His throne and fix it, to make this injustice right! However, in His wisdom, he chose not to answer my and many other’s requests, in fact, He allow me to suffer more.
During this suffering, I decided I could either take Job’s wife’s advice and “curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) or be like Job. I decided take the path of Job, I endured the suffering and through this I grew closer to God. I saw Him do amazing things around me. During the last 2 years I have seen Him personally move in ways I thought only a fanatical Christian would describe.
I am still growing, still making mistakes, still learning, still loving the God and being loved and forgiven daily. My goal is to be able to say to my daughters, my future wife, and the people God puts in my life. “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
I hope that you will find this relationship with Him, as I have.