Staying TrueOur ability to stand in the midst of trials will depend on the focus of our gaze.
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Twenty years ago I was the last person that anyone ever thought would become a Christian. I wasnt a bad guy (at least not as far as I was concerned), just a bit rough around the edges - a little hard headed at times, somewhat vain, egocentric perhaps, but a compassionate sort nonetheless who defended the weak, played by the rules and loved to have a good time. I was, for all intents and purposes, a happy camper with both feet planted firmly in the secular world. Life has a way of wearing you down regardless of how tough you think you are. I had faced more than my share of adversity over the years, waging countless battles against scores of adversaries on virtually every front conceivable. I grew weary of the fight. Over the years my pride had always spurred me on, preventing me from conceding on any number of issues or even considering surrender. Years of conflict had taken their toll and I was a broken man. It was not one event that brought me to my knees but rather the unrelenting stream of disappointments, frustrations and fears that we all face day in and day out. So, in a moment of desperation, I reached out to God; God answered He answered in a profound way. In my brokenness I found that through Jesus Christ I could be made whole. I realized that even though I considered myself one of the good guys my efforts continuously fell short and that it was only through a personal and real relationship with Christ that I could be restored and be who HE intended for me to be. Since that day (over 15 years ago), I have lived each and every day in His grip. I once thought of myself as the master of my own destiny; I now surrender to His will and follow the path that He has put before me. As a result, my life has grown richer and more rewarding than I ever dreamed possible. So the last person that anyone ever thought would become a Christian, is one - thank you Lord!