Make a Choice!
I am a 26 year old young adult who can truly say I love the Lord with all of my heart, mind, body and soul.
Growing up in the church, I could not always say that. To be honest I sometimes took God for granted. As a child I was taught there was nothing too hard for God. Only believe all things are possible. It seemed as a child my prayers were always answered but as I got older my faith in God faded.
At the age of 16, I recorded a Gospel CD entitled “Make A Choice”. Now that I think about it, I was speaking about my life for the next 10 years.
A year ago I drove a soft top Jeep Wrangler. That jeep was my Church on wheels and my ministry tool for the young and old. I only played Gospel rap music through my custom built speakers. The lyrics of the songs were very clear and very loud. The music coming from the jeep opened doors to witness to others about the goodness of Jesus Christ. If they appeared interested I would give them one of my CD’s. I had that jeep for 6 years without a scratch on it.
However everything changed in September of 2010. On my way to work on a bright and sunny day, I hit a deer and lost control. The jeep flipped over so many times I lost count. All I could do was to hold on to my seat belt and call on the name of Jesus. After the flipping stopped, I was able to crawl out without any injuries except to my lower lip which was bleeding from where I bit down while flipping. I also noticed that if the jeep had continued to flip it would have taken a very deep drop before landing. Witnesses to the accident stopped to call the police. When the police arrived they thought I had become delirious because all I could say was “Thank you Jesus! Thank you Lord!” The jeep was totally destroyed but I knew there was a reason that my life had been spared. God had spared my life to serve Him in a greater way.
In the following weeks I knew I needed a fresh start in order to do what God wanted me to do. With no reservations I felt I needed to change churches. I had become stagnant and was not doing all that God wanted me to do. God not only wants us to be faithful in tithes and offering but He wants our time and talents as well. In my new church I did not hesitate when asked to start a male choir or to volunteer on the praise team or to come to 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning prayer or help clean the church. This was my reasonable service.
I have seen doors open that only God could have opened and favor from people that only God could have laid on their hearts. I was “blackballed” from my college theater department because I would not compromise what I believed. The plays were written with profanity and sex and I knew I could not do it. It was time for me to leave that college. God opened a door for me to attend a Christian college and complete my degree. They accepted all of my credits from the previous college. God is showing me favor everyday. It is a joy and blessing to pray before classes and to openly talk about the goodness of God with your professors.
Since my college was 2 hours away from my parents’ home, I needed a reliable vehicle. My prayers were answered one Saturday when I went car shopping. I had no money but I had faith that God would move on the heart of the salesman.
This was God’s timing!
The regional manager came up to me while I was talking to the salesman.
He said “I think we need to help this young man get into this jeep today. We need to put whatever tires on it that he wants.” The regional manager continued to say “I just came out here to get some keys, but I just feel we need to help this young man.”
All I could say was look at God! As soon as I signed my name to buy the jeep, three customers came by wanting to buy that same jeep. One of those customers had called because he had seen the jeep the previous day and was calling to make an offer.
I came home with a Mango/Tango 2010 4 door hard top Sahara Jeep. The salesman said that jeep had been sitting on the car lot since September 2010. That is the same month I wrecked my jeep. That was confirmation that God had my blessing waiting on me for a year.
Since that time, God has been working miracles for me. I was able to get a one bedroom apartment 7 miles from college even after I was told I did not qualify for the apartment and I was able to get a night job 10 miles from my apartment even though I was told there were no night jobs available. I saw God’s favor at work.
Points to leave with you:
- God wants to bless us.
- God’s Word is true. Just believe.
- When God tells you to move, you need to move.
- Don’t let fear stop you.
- Strive to make God proud of your actions and decisions in life.
- A true Christian walk is sometimes a lonely walk.
- One man can make a difference, Jesus did!
DON’T GET IT TWISTED……..IT’S ALL GOD!!!!
The Message (MSG)
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.