My Mom and I went to church but my Dad stayed away as he did not want any part of church because of a bad experience with a so called Christian. I remember my Sunday School teacher, my friend Jimbo McDonald’s mother, telling the class that she can always tell when a person dies whether the dead person is saved or not. She said that when a Christian dies they always have a smile on their face and when an unsaved person dies they always have a frown on their face. I don’t know how true her statement is, but it always made me think about becoming a Christian, but at that time I did not understand how.
My Mom accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior and was baptized in the White River. I remember after the baptism and when we were walking back to the car I asked my Mom if she was afraid of dying. She said, “No, I have no fear of dying at all.” I remember thinking to myself, “How can she not be afraid to die.” I knew nothing of hell at that point of my life, but I knew I was afraid of dying. Mom went on to say that she knows that when she dies she has nothing to fear as she will be with Jesus. After she said this I remember thinking I wish I could have this same peace she has.
How I Came to Know Christ - When I was around twelve years old I can remember going to church more than one revival meetings with my friends and whenever the altar call was given my friends all when down the isle to get saved at every alter call. They would ask me afterwards why I didn’t go the the isle with them. I remember saying to them that I don’t want to go down front just because a preacher scared me with his hell fire and damnation sermon. I said to them that I want to make my decision without being scared into it. I believe I actually accepted Christ in my heart during those days, but I refused to go down front because I didn’t approve the preacher’s tactics.
What Christ Has Done in Me - At age of twenty one I did finally walked down the isle and made my public profession of faith. I did not go because the preacher scared me into going, but instead I went down because I felt the Lord’s leading me to do so. It was not any earth shattering experience as I've heard others testify. The experience was a peace that confirmed to me that I now belonged to Jesus.
Since that time I have had a hunger for God’s word and I enjoy reading and meditating on His words everyday. He has given me the peace like my Mom has I mentioned earlier. He speaks to me though His words as I feed upon them and He cleanses me through the washing of His words. What a joy it is that I can talk with my Heavenly Father at any time and tell Him anything I have on my mind as He is my best friend. He always listens and never condemns me even when I’ve failed. He always hears my prayers and He always answers them in His on good timing. I have learned to relax and let Him be my source and my provider for all my needs. I believe in Jesus and trust in Him with my life on the earth and in the life to come. It is wonderful to not be afraid of sleep or dying because I know my spirit man will never die and Jesus has prepared a place for me in heaven to live with Him forever. Amen