I thought I had it all together. I turned a hobby into a successful business, had a beautiful wife, had money, had a lot of friends, and was generally liked and respected. Even though I had all this, I wasn’t happy. I was always negative. My favorite expression was, “I NEVER had a good day.”
I buried myself in work. My life was work.
Then one day… CRASH! I lost my mind and my passion for EVERYTHING (work, people, music, and food). Nothing meant ANYTHING. I was on automatic pilot for almost a year. When my wife Patty couldn’t take it any more, she and I tried “couples counseling” as a last resort.
After many sessions that weren’t bringing me out of my funk, the counselor said, “Maybe it’s a spiritual thing. Do you go to church?” I told her no, I live by the Golden Rule. “Do unto others….” I told her that I knew too many people who attend church but live anything but a Christian life.
But the seed was sown, and I decided to explore it. Patty and I first went to traditional churches, then a non-denominational one that I liked better. The fourth Sunday I decided to try the storefront church across the street from my store. It was unlike any church I ever attended– no crosses, no sign of Jesus– just a room with a lot of chairs. At the end of the service, the pastor pulled an altar call, which I answered. I prayed a sinner’s prayer with a young person who assisted me. When I walked outside, the heavens opened up to me! All the negativity, sin and stuff that choked my life were lifted off.
I felt completely NEW… FREE AND HAPPY! A feeling I NEVER felt before. IT WAS A MIRACLE. Could accepting Jesus in your life and repenting from your old life do this? WOW!
A few weeks later, I was baptized.
That was over 9 years ago. Since then, my life has taken a new turn. I try to put the Lord first in my life, I read the Bible daily, and I start and end each day in prayer.
Before I received the Lord, I worshipped money and its power. I did business practices and things in my life that weren’t always “the right thing”. I had the filthiest mouth and like most people, I though possessions gave you happiness. That’s probably why I was everything BUT ” happy”.
I’m so grateful to God for all His blessings. I’m still married to Patty. I work less and we spend more time together. I still love my work, although it’s not as important to me as it was. God knocked it out of first place, where I had put it in front of Patty, family, and friends.
God works in mysterious ways. His ways aren’t our ways. If my life hadn’t taken the nose-dive it did, I wouldn’t have God and the joy that comes from serving him today.
So when things are not good in your life, maybe it’s God’s way of getting your attention and preparing you for a new life or journey. I’m nobody special and he did it for me, so he can do it for you too. So if you want true happiness and joy, and a secure future (eternity in Heaven), love and serve Jesus beginning today if you don’t already.
We’re not promised tomorrow. Look at the 3,000 people who went to work on 9-11.