I was brought up in an upper-middle class family. My physical needs were always meet. I was used to having the best of everything. However, one thing that was missing from my life was spiritual training. My parents provided me no spiritual training. But--hey--who needed it! Surely not me! I learned to depend on myself--not on some nebulous "god." That is what my Father had done, and I learned by his example. God was a fairy tale for weak and insecure people that couldn't face the fact that they were going to die someday and then become food for the worms . . . I didn't buy that fairy tale . . . I was going to be just like my Dad--Smart, money ever-present in my pocket, and the laugh and the hit of the party . . .
That was my lifestyle for many years, and I enjoyed it. However, one miserable year in a town far away from my home changed all of this . . . I was in a career that I had loved doing in the past--yet--in my new location--I didn't like it at all. I grew anxious and then depressed. During that low time, I reflected back on people in my life that had talked about their having a relationship with Jesus. These people were content and more important than that--they had a joy and peace that I didn't . . . I began to think that maybe there was something to this "Jesus thing" after all . . . So, soon I found myself doing the unthinkable--going to a church, reading the Bible, praying and being in a Bible study group. While I was in this stage in my life, I came across the following passage of Scripture:
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart," (Jer. 29:11-13 NIV).
" . . . You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Hmmm . . . . I had to admit that I had never done that before. With excitement, I accepted that as a personal challenge from God to me. Within a few months of my seeking, God saved me. It wasn't a burning bush type revelation--just a slow, steady realization that--yes-- there was once a man named Jesus who walked the face of the Earth. This man was in fact--God in the flesh. This man loved me and died for me . . . Yes, He died for me . . .
So . . . How am I different now? My life has meaning and purpose and joy. And no longer do I think that God is a fairy tale for weak and insecure people . . . Quite the contrary--now I understand that the worldview that we are nothing more than pure random chance is the biggest fairy tale of all . . . That beauty, life, organization, and intellect could come from pure random chance . . . yeah right . . . tell me another one . . .
Now I know who my Creator is and why He created me. The Bible says, "For by him [Jesus] all things were created . . . all things were created by him and for him," (Col 1:16 NIV). And God tell us why He created us, "everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made," (Isa 43:7 NIV).
My hope and prayer is that if you don't know Jesus as your Savior and Creator that you soon may . . . Only He gives true peace and joy . . . In John's Gospel Jesus tells us, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid," (John 14:27 NIV).
After ten years of walking with Him, I have discovered that In Him is true joy, peace, meaning, and contentment. Come to Christ and experience the best that God has for you.