The Best Gift

Posted By on March 2, 2015

By Travis B

I grew up in a Christian home. At first, church made no sense to me. I couldn’t grasp the concept of what church was about. I had struggled a little bit with what it meant to live a great life. I figured that living a great life meant getting married, making lots of money, having a nice house, a nice car, and kids. This is how the world defines success, but I never had that eternal perspective.

On Sept. 6, 1989 I experienced a major life changing event. My grandfather passed away. I was still going to church, but this time it was different. This particular time it was for a funeral. I was in pain and I couldn’t believe what had happened. I had a hard time focusing on school after he died. I had developed a thought in my mind about where my grandfather went. I had always believed that my life had a greater purpose than just getting married and making lots of money. I asked my mother about heaven, and I remembered her telling me that Heaven is a place where I would spend the rest of eternity with Jesus. She also told me that I would be able to see my grandfather again. I also remembered hearing the story about Moses and the Burning Bush at church. It was then a sign to me that I had needed to experience God for myself.

After hearing what God had said through my mother about heaven, and about the Burning Bush, it was clear to me that I had to make a decision. It was revealed to me that the ONLY way to heaven was through Jesus Christ. I was convinced after hearing the Gospel about what I needed to do. I had to confess my wrong doings before my Father in heaven through Jesus Christ and give my life to Him. On October 1, 1989 at the age of 14 I made a decision to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I was baptized the following week on Oct. 8th.

I was fine for a little while following Jesus, but somehow I had fallen out of sync with church. Church no longer appealed to me, although, I still continued to believe. The problem was that nobody helped me grow in my faith. I didn’t go back to church on a regular basis for nearly 13 years. I made more mistakes in my life as a result. That all changed in August of 2000. I was frustrated with my job situation in the grocery business, and I found a new career making signs. I met my wife, Melissa, while I was there. Melissa encouraged me to go back to church and helped me get back on track with God.

Since then, God has blessed me with a beautiful wife, a great family, great friends and a career that I enjoy. Being successful is not determined by how much money that I make. Being successful is what is in your heart and exercising that on a daily basis to serve our God according to His Will. I have incredible peace, love, and hope about my future as a result. The most tragic and saddest thing in my life is if I had never accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I couldn’t imagine my life without Him. I would be in a hopeless situation. God never left me; I left Him and came back. I have really been blessed that God has helped me to learn more about Him than ever before and I am grateful for that every day.

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