How a 20 year old piece of paper saved my life

I was always a ‘good’ boy!

Loved my mum and dad and always stuck by the rules – never really got into trouble (well maybe just a little) and nearly always did what I was told.

When my parents said to do something I would snap to and do it – from music practise to washing up  –  I was your boy.

School was always a drag but then I guess I didn’t have that on my own. All of my efforts were put into pleasing my parents and basking in the security that they offered.

I was very fortunate in having a Mum and Dad who loved Jesus and believed strongly in His leadership. As a family we were hauled off to church each week and I knew all the Bible stories and heaps of verses.

Mum prayed with us often and encouraged us to give our lives to Jesus and I guess at an early stage in my life I did just that. Not that it meant any sort of change in my life and in some ways I took Jesus and His amazing work totally for granted.

So here I was growing up on a type of merry-go-round of church, school and youth group and all the while never really thinking that Jesus’ message really meant me.

I was the ‘good’ boy, never really changing, life travelling along OK, meeting kids my own age and generally enjoying life as it was. Getting a job and meeting the girl of dreams just added to my idyllic lifestyle. Just another day in Paradise you could say.

I guess it may have been the Vietnam War and Australia’s decision to conscript 20 year old males into the army that I first had a real change in my life – During my 19th year I had heaps of time to think about what life would be like in the army or even warfare in Vietnam.

It was during this time I had my first real confrontation with God (if I could put it that way). I was concerned about being drafted into the army and I suppose during that time I tried praying – really praying for possibly the very first time in my life. Did it make a change in my life? I doubt it. But I was quietly pleased when the conscription ballot finally fell and I had missed out.

Did I think of God after that – unfortunately No. It wasn’t until we had a couple of children and we were attending an old historic church, cold, drafty and full of ‘old’ people that God worked an amazing miracle in my life.

I was on a roster of welcoming people to church and this particular rota fell on a night service. Grumbling about driving into town on a cold winters night, I felt a fraction better leaving the family at home all warm and cosy. I remember thinking that no-one will be in church on such a cold, wet and windy night – I should stay at home.

And cold, wet and windy it was – the church was pretty much vacant – You could hear the wind whistling through the big old doors as I walked up the steps to do my duty.

As I walked in the wind picked up and blew a piece of old yellowing paper onto the floor at my feet. I picked it up and not thinking anything about it got onto welcoming the very few church members.

As I stood there and the service started – I glanced down at the paper – it was an old Christian tract written 20 years before. As I turned it over in my hand these words leaped out at me – “I will never leave you or forsake you”.

That’s all….That amazing verse in Hebrews had the most awesome effect on me. GOD MEANS ME!!! ME – HE MEANS ME! HE REALLY REALLY MEANS ME.

I couldn’t believe it – The God I had ‘talked’ to for years was actually talking back to me – He was never going to leave me.

Right there and then I asked Him into life – As I stood in that old windy porch clutching onto an old yellow piece of torn paper. GOD MEANS ME!

My life has changed so much since then  – God has seen me though some horrible and nasty times – times when I doubt I would have made it except for his great love and patience.

I still sin, I always will until I finally get to glory and I have a new mind and body – but Jesus died to renew by relationship with Him not to condemn me for the past and future sins.

Have you been convicted of your need to have Jesus take control of your life?

We all have our different stories of how we feel about Jesus or what we have done with Him. We all need to make a decision one way or another – either accept Jesus as Lord or reject Him … but hey He will never turn you away.

All you need to do is to pray a prayer just like this:-

Dear God,
 
I know I have sinned against you and I have fallen short of your standards.
Thank you for not leaving me in this state and I believe that You sent Jesus to 
die as a payment for my sins.
Please forgive me for all of the sins I have done.
I want to live for you and not for myself – please come and take 100% control of my life. Amen.
 

If you prayed that prayer, please contact us or another Christian person so that we can pray and encourage you in your Christian walk.

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  1. I loved reading your humble yet powerful story of your early life as a Christian. I think everyone goes through the same things you did in taking granted all the things God does yet never really talking to Him unless it was something out of the ordinary. For me I was dealing with severe and sometimes near crippling chronic pain in my lower back it is from a birth defect that cannot at this time be fixed, also have bad knees and my doctor told me I have the neck of an 80 year old and I am only 52. So I was dealing with all this horrible pain and fighting with our government to get the help I needed and that took me around three years. I was one of those people that had a hard time letting go and just plain and simple letting our Lord have it all and take care of it all for me. At the end of the three years I was finally given a date to go before a judge to get the final decision on if I would get help or not. I will tell you I was terrified because if I didn’t get it I would more than likely end up homeless. I paced I fretted, worried, didn’t sleep, and was a total mess. Then a week before I was to go to court I was so distraught that something inside of me snapped and sobbed the whole time I turned my life, my illnesses, disabilities, and if I would get help or not over to Him. I confessed that I could not do it all myself and that i needed His help and He was the only one that could help me. I was awarded help from the government and now have help I need for my health issues, I am not perfect of course but I now have a lot less bumps in my life/ Sorry to write such a long comment but your entry really touched my heart. God Bless you!

  2. WOW! what a testimony you have here – God is amazing and awesome indeed and I stand humbled before Him. Thank you so much for sharing this with me and I pray that our Lord will continue to uphold and bless you and your family in the years to come. I pray also that the pain you are suffering will ease so that life can be a little more tolerant for you. God bless you and thank you again.

Luke 21:36 "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."

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