This is my story. This is about when and why I became a Christian. I tell it everywhere I go because Jesus changed my life and I can't help but tell people about it. The good news is, what He did for me, He will do for you as well.
On October 22, 1978, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior(Romans 10:13). Before that time, I was a typical teenager of the 1970's(Romans 3:23). I played bass guitar
in a rock band and as a result, I was introduced to marijuana, and later on, some harder drugs. The only drug I didn't try was anything that involved needles. If there
is anything to be thankful during that time, that was it. My life at that point, was
consumed in rock music.
It was like a god to me. I worshipped it. I knew every band and all the members of the bands and who they use to play for. It was the first thing I thought about when
I woke up in the morning and it was the last thing I thought of when I went to sleep. All I wanted to do in life was play music and get "high."
Somewhere around 1977, my thinking began to change. I started thinking that there had to be something more to life than what I was experiencing(Isaiah 57:20-21). It was also about that time I had almost quit doing drugs. I was growing tired of the party life and I started to realize that I was having a better time being "sober" than I was being "high." Besides all that, it was affecting my music and nothing got in the way of my music, not even girls (the second love of my life). At some point as I was traveling home from one of our gigs, I started to feel that something was missing, but I didn't know what it was. I kept searching until something inside me said that I needed to find out what God was all about. A few years earlier, around 1975 or 76, a girl that I had worked with told me about her relationship with Jesus Christ, but at the time it really didn't sink in, I was too absorbed in my music and the party life to care much about what she was saying. But when I started having these thoughts of God, I found myself wishing that I had listened a little more closely to what she had to say. Up to that point, I had never been to church, I didn't know a single thing about the Bible or Salvation, and I didn't know anyone that knew anything about God. I had some questions and I didn't know where to go to find them. I began to think that I wanted God in my life, but I didn't want to go to church to find Him. In my ignorance, I thought that I could get God into my life and still smoke a joint every now and then or drink a few beers, as long as I tried to be as good a person and didn't hurt anyone. I laugh about that now, but I was really serious about it then.
Soon after I started having these questions, I found out that a friend of mine at work was having the same questions about life and God. We would talk about it for hours. The conversations started because some friends and I saw a movie called, "The Late Great Planet Earth" (When I went to see it, I thought it was going to be a science fiction movie, I still laugh about that). That movie was based on the Book of Revelation in the Bible. It raised even more questions and I didn't know where to find the answers. When I told my friend Rick about the movie, he said that his dad was a Christian and read the Bible all the time and he would ask him my questions. This went on about a month, then, finally, I suggested to Rick that he and I should go to church some day. To my surprise, he agreed. One of the girls we worked with, Julia Conn and her husband, Larry, went to a small church in the area, so we decided to go to her church. To our surprise, everybody there treated us with kindness and a welcoming smile. We had known quite a few people there because we lived in such a small town, but because of that knowledge, we knew they would know about us too. They welcomed us like we had always gone there.
That night, on October 22, 1978, Jesus spoke to my heart as clear as if He was standing right there beside me. I knew I was a sinner, but I didn't know until that night that I would spend eternity in Hell without Jesus. I asked God to forgive me of my sins and invited Jesus Christ to become my Savior. He did and I can honestly say, my life from that point on has never been the same. Like II Corinthians 5:17 says, "Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new." I couldn't believe the change that had come over me. I felt so good, so clean. It was like I had just taken a shower and all the dirt of my life had been washed away. Even the stars and mountains looked different. I finally realized how they got there and they looked more beautiful than ever. The next day, I told everyone I ran into what had happened. I got hugs from the Christians and scorn from the sinners, but I didn't care, I told them anyway. When my friends saw me, I didn't have to say a word, they knew that something had happened to me. They could see the change right away.
God has taught me some valuable lessons over the years. Here are only a few of the lessons I've learned.
Although I have failed Him many times, He has never failed me. I can honestly say, that I have never regretted my decision and I never want to be the person I use to be. I thank God everyday for saving me from the life I was living and the eternal punishment I would have suffered if I hadn't accepted Jesus as my Savior.
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