I was the youngest of three sons. My earliest memories involved my Dad passed out drunk on the floor, loud arguments between my Mom and Dad, and his car backing out of the driveway leaving our family. I always thought that I gotten spared any fallout from my parents’ divorce, but I became self-sufficient and isolated. This led to unhealthy habits I developed while Mom was working to support us. I became addicted to food and also to pornography at a very young age and learned to cover my tracks so no one would know.
My Grandmother saw to it that I attended church. She played piano, so I was always there, hearing singing and preaching that would ultimately change my life. One day, the pastor asked if it wasn’t time that I consider asking Jesus to save me from my sin. We stepped into a side room and he helped me to understand that my sin was separating me from God and that Jesus had given His life on the cross to pay for my sins. That day marked the beginning of the greatest journey of my life.
My life since then has been far from perfect. I still struggle with addictions and accepting the grace that comes from the love of Jesus. To know that He loves me “just as I am” is the first, most important truth I ever heard. The second was that He loves me enough not to leave me “just as I am” but wants to guide me into a closer relationship where I begin to love WHO He loves and love HOW He loves. My journey has only begun and I cannot wait to see what lies in store!
Check out my Church: First Baptist Church, Holly Springs, GA