Up until about two years ago, I have been the typical disconnected Christian man. As I reflect on how I wasted so much time ignoring God's calling, I must start from the beginning.
I grew up in a typical “Christian” family who attended church on Sundays, but never talked about God the rest of the week. We were that way until my freshman year of high school. My parents split up and church was nowhere in the picture. As my parents’ lives were focused on drinking, partying, and starting new families, I was left to fend for myself.
My junior year of high school, I left my dad’s house and decided to do things on my own. During this time, I was invited to a youth group meeting at Oak Ridge Baptist Church. It was here that I first really heard about the love of Jesus and his plan of salvation. That summer I accepted Christ and began my Christian walk. For the next 5 years, I relied on God for almost everything. I prayed for beds to sleep in, food to eat, and rides to get to jobs. I stayed with six different families, and although I may have missed a meal here and there, I never went hungry. I was also obedient to God when he called. I helped at youth camps and went on mission trips each summer. I helped set chairs up at church and got involved wherever else I could.
Although I had this great walk with Jesus, I was still hurting on the inside and found it difficult to trust others. I kept my distance from others to avoid being hurt even more....
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