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Karl

Karl

Once insecure and lonely on the inside.  Arrogant, cruel and proud around my family.  Now changed by God’s tremendous love.

 

Who I Was Before Christ:

Shortly before entering 6th grade, my family moved to a new town.  I longed to make friends but I found it difficult to fit in and feel accepted.  I performed well in school, but on the inside I was lonely and every day I faced being teased.  Even at church, I often felt like a loser who others tolerated but didn’t like.  A few friends that did appreciate and reach out to me, but I kept them at an arms distance because I felt they were unpopular.  The only place where I did feel comfortable was around my family.  I repaid that love and security by teasing my siblings incessantly and manipulating their emotions.  I was obnoxious to be around.  On the inside I craved to feel accepted, but in an effort to feel better about myself, I pushed away those that loved me the most.

What Changed?:

The first week of college two things happened –  I went to my first party and I got invited to a Bible study.   I had grown up attending church and considered myself a Christian, but it became very clear to me that I had a choice to make with the direction of my life. The Christians that I met were unlike any people I’d ever met before.  They really cared about getting to know me as a friend.    I was accepted for who I was, even when I made a comment that wasn’t very funny or didn’t make any sense. In addition, I could observe they had a genuine relationship with God that brought them much joy and peace in their life.  They made Christianity very attractive to me.  So I started reading the Bible every day for the first time in my life and I began to discover that God had a plan and purpose for my life.  I discovered significance and acceptance from God; and I experienced that acceptance through these other Christians.  I also realized that I needed to change many things about my life.

Who I Am Now:

It’s been 15 years since I first started following Christ and I just can’t imagine what my life would be like without Him.  My inward insecurity about fitting in probably would have caused me to treat my family terribly and I would have destroyed my relationship with my wife and children.  God’s dealt with my pride and  changed me to genuinely love others without worry about what people think of me. God liberated me from my loneliness and my need for acceptance, so that I could live for something eternal.  Now I find great purpose and peace knowing that I will spend eternity in heaven, that God has answers for my life as a pastor, father, and husband, and that he wants to use me to tell others about what Christ can do for them.

 
 
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