I am Joe Q Normal, and I always have been. I don't stand out in a crowd, I don't make a lot of money, and my life is not extraordinary at all.
And it never has been.
When I was a kid my mother took me to church sporadically. I knew about Jesus I knew about God, but that was it. I thought Church was the boring place everyone went to sit and listen. Then my parents got divorced, my mother got tired of being hit by my father, can't say I blame her. I would do the same thing.
After their divorce, we didn't go to church much. I grew into a teenager, VERY uneventfully. I was
not into drugs, crime or and A+ honor student. Like I said, I was Joe Q Normal. I was hanging out with a couple of other people who believed like I did that there was a God and there was Jesus His Son. But we never accepted Jesus as our personal savior.
During one summer, I was feeling very listless and uninspired. I had put on a little weight over the summer and didn't have a job, (I was about 17 then) and I was trying to figure out what was wrong with me. I really didn't know. I just sat around the house doing nothing all summer. Yuck.
Then one day I was lying in bed, during the afternoon, reading the Bible. I read for a few minutes and then put it down next to me and said, "Jesus, I give my life to you. It is yours now. I don't want it any more. I want you as my savior, for you are the only way to salvation." I knew he is the Son of God and that he died for me. I knew it!
Let me tell you, the lethargy that I was feeling left me, and I felt much better the rest of the summer. Did I run out and begin witnessing to three hundred people? No. Did I see a bright light above my bed? No. Did I drop to my knees and start praying in tongues? No. Did my life change dramatically from that point? No. My life pretty much kept rolling the way it always had. But the difference was I KNEW who Jesus was now and what my role in the big scheme was.
Ever since then my life has not changed significantly, but I am more self assured knowing that there is someone on my side who cares and is willing to help me when I need it. Someone who will never forsake me and knows EVERY bad thing I have EVER thought or done. This Person knows my deepest darkest sins and thoughts. AND HE STILL LOVES ME! He doesn't forsake me and say, "You're not good enough to enter my house"
I am not a perfect person and that is a misconception many people have. Being a Christian is not about being perfect. Being a Christian is about being saved and KNOWING, just like you know the sky is blue, that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for you! Beyond that, nothing else in this piddly little life matters.
I am a married man, with three children. I live in a suburb area. And live a most normal and uneventful life....and you know what? I like it that way.
Thank you Jesus for rescuing me from myself.