I was raised in the church, so faith and God were part of my life, but for me it was just kind of there… there on Sundays and when I was going through a tough time. I always had God as a background, but I never truly accepted Jesus until I was about 25 years old. My arena league teammates, a pastor friend and my future wife were constantly asking questions about my beliefs, and I began to question where I was and whether I had really put my complete faith in God. Their questions led me to the Truth – that faith is about a relationship, and it’s about Jesus. Up to that point, I had never really considered that. I struggled for so long and so many things went against me. I was swimming upstream. When I finally gave my life over to God, it was then the joy and happiness came into my life. Now I realize my role here on Earth is not to throw touchdown passes and win football games, although that is the position and the platform I have been given. I realize my goal is to win as many people to Jesus as possible. I have an open-door policy, where I’m able to talk about what is most important to me, and obviously God is #1.
I will do anything the Lord wants me to do. I am not ashamed to say I’ll follow Him anywhere He wants to lead me. There are two choices: go through the bumpy road of life with him or without him. I choose to stay by his side. I’ve been through a lot of hard times. I survived my oldest child’s severe head injury, a broken marriage, poverty and both my parents’ tragic death in a tornado. A lot in my life didn’t make sense. It wasn’t the story I had planned for my life.
However, I had a strong Christian foundation as a young child, and I knew the power in the Word of God. Even though I didn’t understand the road I was going down, it was still better than going down it without him. It has been a bumpy ride but sharing my story with people allows me to make more sense of it. I don’t have it all worked out, and I don’t know all the answers of why things happened in my life. It’s bigger than just my grief and my little world. The road hasn’t been easy but my love for Jesus has shown me that he’s going to work things out for good.
Prayer of Salvation
No matter what you face in life, Jesus loves you and will make all the difference in the world. Simply pray the following prayer and watch Jesus change your life forever.
"Lord Jesus, you know everything about me. Please forgive me for all the wrong things I’ve ever said or done. I know that you died for my sins and rose from the dead. Please come into my life and be my Lord. Help me to follow you always. Amen."