by Joe Thompson
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As a sophomore in highschool, I had all the dreams and desires of a 16 years old boy. 1991 was an interesting year for me, I got my drivers licenses, made a lot of new friends in highschool and met all kinds of cute girls. The friends I had during highschool were different. I hung out with the “goth” kids. We did a lot of experimenting with drugs, alcohol and were experts in rebellion.
God was never a thought in my mind, deep down I always believed in a God but I could never know for sure, nobody could. That brings me to Desert Storm.
One night while watching Desert Storm on CNN, they were talking about all the different religions in the middle east and why everyone was fighting each other. All I kept thinking to myself was how can anybody in there right mind know for sure if they have the right religion?
How can all these people (Christians, Islam, and Jews) think they have the right religion?
I was baptized and grew up Lutheran for about 8 years until my family became atheist. I did not know much of anything about God, but for some reason still had this feeling deep down that he did exist. That night, for the first time I prayed to God with sincerity and asked him a question. I asked God if there was a “true” way to heaven. I told him that I believed in him, but if what I was doing was wrong to please let me know. I asked him to show me his truth in a way I could learn if in fact there was a way to heaven other than just “being good enough” as I thought you had to be.
I went on with my life after that night and continued living in sin and what I thought was freedom without any consequence. About a month or so later, I was working. I worked part time at a local grocery store stocking shelves. A new employee was hired in my department and we started working together. I did not know him as I found out he was home schooled. I always thought he was a little strange, he did not like the same things I did but he was always so friendly to me.
Over the next year and a half, until my senior year in highschool, we became good friends at work but we never did anything outside of work. The friends I had from school were starting to go there own ways, either to college or jobs elsewhere. I found myself being drawn to my friend at work.
After graduation, my friend (Matt) and I really started to become close. Matt started talking to me about God and being born again which I admit, made me think he was crazy. I had never met anyone so into the Lord, especially someone at 17 years old. He would ask if I wanted to go to church with him, but I always said church was for old people getting ready to die. He laughed and kept at me. He always stuck by my side even when I went places he did not agree with. He went with me a couple times and as I could tell he was uncomfortable in certain situations. Looking back its amazing he kept at me all this time.
A couple months later, as my life was out of control, I finally attended church with Matt. It was my first time in a Baptist church. I remember feeling so welcomed not only by the church but by Matts family. After a couple Sundays, the Lord put it in my heart to listen to the truth. It hit me like a brick wall, It was so easy to understand, I really felt like God was talking to me. I realized that being good enough was not possible! I remembered that time a few years back when I asked God to show me his truth and holy cow it was happening in front of my eyes! Jesus is real!
That night in the same bed I asked God years ago to show me the truth, I asked God into my heart and to take control of this life. I became born again! It was August 1994. I have learned so much more about his truth and my life has been blessed. I can only count it as a miracle that almighty God made me and I can only hope I can live for his will forever! I have often thought if Desert Storm was the reason to bring me to Christ.
I feel as if God is putting it in my heart to write. I want to write about Gods word and his creation
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Wonderful testimony. Many need to hear it. Thank you for sharing with us. GOD BLESS YOU.