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Once a foolish man chasing the idols of this world.
Now a wise man passionately chasing after God.

Who I Was Before Christ:

I came from your average middle class, white suburbia home. I had a good family life and was surrounded in a positive environment. My folks exposed me to church because they thought it could provide me good values and a moral compass. However, God was not really a part of my life. In my mind, I had a greater god or idol, which was soccer! I was completely sold out to soccer…that is all I did. It was my passion, it was my identity, it is why people liked me and wanted to be around me. I was somebody in this world because of this idol in my life.

What Changed?:

In my junior year of college, I had to quit playing soccer due to injury. My life and idol came crashing to the ground. I became a complete mess (angry, depressed, confused), I lost all my so-called friends and life from this idol, I was lost with no identity and didn’t know what to do. I knew I needed to quickly find another idol and identity for myself…so I begin to party, drink, do drugs, be with opposite sex, travel. Two years later, reality set in after graduating college, along with all the pain from my choices. I went back home and realize I got nothing, I am a complete joke! I am in the lowest of valleys. Then, out of all people, God enters the picture and begins to work on me. Slowly showing me that everything in the world I ran after can NOT replace what God can give me. I gave my life to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Who I Am Now:

For the first time in my life, I had an idol in my life that didn’t leave me desperate for more. Leave me in pain or something that could try to replace the living God. I finally found love, security, a healthy identity and purpose in my life. God transformed me into the man that I never could be, but who I was intended to be all along. I am finally free to be the unique person God intended me to be and not a “cut-out” of what the world tells all of us to be, to do and and to believe. Today, I have been blessed with an amazing wife of eight years, three children and a leader within our church. I am so richly blessed by God and thankful my pride for following idols of this world has evaporated!


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