What does being a Christian mean to me?
I have not been a Christian for long. I find it challenging and rewarding to walk daily with Jesus Christ everyday. There are times that I used to not rely on God, and that is when I would find myself struggling in my daily life. I will admit that sin was a lot more prevalent in my life when I turned my back on God. I grew up in The United Methodist Church in my hometown of Plainfield NJ. My father was the Choir director and we went to all the pot luck suppers and church gatherings. My family were the "model" Christians. At that time I was learning about Jesus and the Bible, but I had no real understanding of what it all meant. That understanding would not come until later in life when I needed to be saved.
Unfortunately my parents have since fallen away from the church and so did I, for a while. I have tried to convince my parents to return to the church but i have not yet been able to. I read in Ephesians that Jesus built His church among the multitudes. I am convinced that my parents are good god fearing people but I am not totally convinced that they are "saved". Before I became saved, I used to drink a great deal, I even tried to kill myself (The Lord had better plans for me though) He allowed me to direct a drama ministry, make a wonderful circle of Christian friends, and draw me closer to Him. I have a disability that at times causes me to stumble (physically) and can make it frustrating to do my job. I had my personal encounter with Jesus Christ on April 5, 1999 while I was undergoing brain surgery for Parkinsons disease. I have shared this so many times before. I secretly hoped that the doctors would make a mistake so that I could escape the terrible life I had been living. I heard a comforting voice tell me "Fear not for I am with you always." I knew at that moment that I was going to make Jesus Christ the Lord and Savior of my life. I knew that there would be struggles but I could always turn to Him for guidance and strength. I know that Jesus greatest gift that He gave me was sacrificing Himself on the cross. I never fully understood what being a Christian meant until I accepted that I was covered in His blood and made anew. I accepted Salvation and the grace of God and have tried many times to walk out my faith. I am challenged to put down the flesh everyday. I share my faith walk with unbelievers and those who struggle with their faith to encourage them to embrace the Saving grace and Salvation of the Lord. Wether they accept what I share is their choice but I want them to experience the riches of Heaven instead of the bonds of Hell. I would also like to share with you the reader what has been happening in my life in the last 2 years. Although my marriage fell apart, I have been blessed with a great Job at The Salvation Army. I got the job because I was at a Church outside of Philadelphia during a Wednesday night service in which the Captain of the Chester Pa Corps was speaking. He stated that the Corps needed volunteers and I was willing to except the challenge that God put before. Six months later I accepted a position as a full time case manager with the Corps. I am working with the homeless in their shelter teaching life skills and doing counseling. I try to reflect the love of Jesus Christ in my work which I now realize is my ministry.
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