My two sisters and I were raised by parents who wanted to give their children everything they did not have. The were both born in the depression years and grew up very poor. My dad succeeded in his goal, and we had a very good life, materially speaking. Along with that good life, though, was a selfishness and self-indulgence that almost destroyed my life.
I was raised in a “reformed” church. I was baptized as an infant, and went to Sunday School and Catechism Class. As my teen years unfolded, I had no interest in church at all.
At the age of 11, I was introduced to drugs. I experimented throughout junior high and high school, and was a regular user. Along with those drugs came a lifestyle of heavy metal music, boyfriends, parties, etc. “I was caught up in a mentality of “if it feels good do it!” I was caught up in a mentality of “if it feels good do it!”
Around the age of 14, my older sister, Deb, asked me some questions like; “If you died today would you go to Heaven or Hell?” Outwardly, I said I really didn’t care, but inwardly, I really began to think about it. Over the next couple of years, my sister gently talked to me of Christ, and I saw that she lived an exceptional life. By the age of 16, I knew in my head that if I would die, I would go to Hell.
By the age of 17, I was pregnant and living away from my parents. By 18, my son was born and I remember asking myself, “Is this all life has to offer.” I had tried everything the world could offer me, and my heart was so sad, and so empty, that it was almost unbearable. The Bible says there is pleasure in sin for a season – but consequences as well.
During this time, Deb had given me a lot of verses to read. As I read them, I knew I was on the side of the “wicked,” and not the “righteous.”
After coming to this realization, I told my sister I wanted to go to church. She picked me up and for the first time I came to the Lehigh Valley Baptist Church. I don’t remember a lot about the preaching, but at the invitation my heart was so smitten that I wanted to run out – but I didn’t. At that time, I knew I needed to be saved. (Note: “saved,” “salvation,” and “born again” are Biblical concepts referring to the forgiveness of sins by God and the rescue of a person from the power and penalty of that sin. This is God’s requirement for everlasting life.) The next week, I went back to LVBC with a cousin of mine. I believe in my heart and mind that I went back with the purpose of getting saved. At the invitation, I went forward and a personal worker took me in a room and showed me from the Scriptures how to be saved. On September 26, 1982, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. My life has never been the same since. In Second Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 17, we are told “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new.“
“If you have tried all the world has to offer, and if your life is sad and empty, as mine was, I encourage you to come to Christ.”If you have tried all the world has to offer, and if your life is sad and empty, as mine was, I encourage you to come to Christ. He will change your life, give you purpose in living and fill your heart to overflowing.
The Bible says, in Isaiah, chapter 55, verses, 6-7 “Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.“