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I laid down ‘my career’ to follow Him.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. (Philippians 3:7-8)
I was baptized at Southland Christian Church on Easter of 2009. Having participated in my first Bible study just three months earlier, I was seeing Light for the first time and in awe of God. My life was surrendered that day and the pastor said that God would do a circumcision on my heart to remove whatever is blocking me from Him. Just three days later, the earth shook. My role with my company suddenly was changing and the Lord, in His love and grace, gave me a choice to make... Continue working in the glamorous industry of sports or lay it all down to follow Him. Thirteen years had been spent building "my career"... working for major companies, high profile people, and championship-level programs. I knew in my heart that God was calling me to do something else. So eight days following baptism, my resignation was submitted... laying down "my career" to follow Him. The next day, the Lord led me to write my testimony, repenting of a work-a-holic lifestyle where "my career" was the center of my universe. I had been a perfectionist, independent in about every way, materialistic, and in the race to be first. The Lord helped point me to a new vision with Hebrews 11:1 leading the way, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see."
I was hoping for three things in life...
That I do His will
For that great, Christian man He has for me (whenever that may be)
And that my life would be...
Full of faith and love for life
Every day an exploration
Every year a "Bucket List"
Healthy and fit physically... in-sync with a free and joyful spirit
Making a difference
A bright light
Balanced personally and professionally
Valuing every dollar ($0 debt, saving, giving and receiving)
Connected in a special way with people, animals and the earth
Rock solid in God's word
I also had a new passion for helping broken people and felt called to be a leader working for a great cause.
Seven adventurous years have gone by since then and the Lord is so good and faithful. The whole miracle of life is found in Jesus. In him we live with God's eternal love and infinite grace... and He is that which truly fulfills us. For so many years, I sought fulfillment and happiness in career accomplishments and success, busy doing one deal after the other, and one task after the next. Now, His love and light lead the way and I pray to be thankful and content in whatever season we may be in. Love is patient, this I now know.
"He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God had done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all his toil - this is the gift of God". (Ecclesiastes 3:11-13).
A Million God Stories is a Christ-centered ministry which offers a platform for Christians from all streams of Christian faith to give praise for how God has worked in their lives. Christ heals in infinitely creative ways and we acknowledge that His way of helping may differ from person to person.