On October 22, 1978, I received Jesus Christ as my Savior. Before that time, I was a typical teenager of the 1970’s. I played bass guitar in a rock band and as a result, I was introduced to marijuana, and some harder drugs. I guess the only drug I didn’t try was anything that involved needles. I guess if there is anything to be thankful during that time, that was it. My life was consumed in rock music. It was like a god to me. I worshipped it. I knew every band and all the members of the bands and who they used to play for. It was the first thing I thought about when I woke up in the morning and it was the last thing I thought of when I went to sleep. All I wanted to do in life was play music and get “high.”
Somewhere around 1977, I started thinking that there needed to be something more to life than what I was experiencing. About that time I had almost quit doing hard drugs. I started to realize that I was having a better time being “straight(what we called being sober)” than I was being “high.”(1 Peter 4:3-4) Besides all that, it was affecting my music and nothing got in the way of my music, not even girls (the second love of my life). But I started to feel that something was missing in my life, but I didn’t know what it was. I kept searching until something inside me said that I needed to find out what God was all about(Ephesians 2:12). Two years earlier, around 1975 or 76, a girl that I had worked with told me about her relationship with Jesus Christ, but at the time it really didn’t sink in, I was too absorbed in my music and the party life to understand much of what she was saying. But a few years later, when I started having these thoughts of God, I found myself wishing that I had listened a little more closely. Up to that point, I had never been to church and I didn’t know anyone that knew anything about God, except a family that I had spent some time with as a child. I was best friends with their son and they let me stay with them while my sister was in the hospital. That was the only time in my life that I had ever heard of God. But that was a long time ago and I had lost touch with them. But now, I had some questions and I didn’t know where to go to find them. I began to think that I wanted God in my life, but I didn’t want to go to church to find Him. In my ignorance, I thought that I could get God into my life and still smoke a joint every now and then or drink a few beers, as long as I tried to be as good a person and didn’t hurt anyone. I laugh about that now, but I was really serious about it then.
Soon after I started having these questions, I found out that a friend of mine, Rick Davis, was having the same questions about life and about God. We worked together at a little coal company store and would talk about it for hours. I had just seen a movie called, “The Late Great Planet Earth” (When I went to see it, I thought it was going to be a science fiction movie, I still laugh about that too). That movie was based on the Book of Revelation in the Bible. It raised even more questions and I didn’t know where to find the answers. When I told Rick, about the movie, he said that his dad was a Christian and read the Bible all the time and he would ask him my questions(Jeremiah 29:13). This went on about a month, then, finally, I suggested to Rick that he and I should go to church some day. To my surprise, he agreed. One of the girls we worked with, Julie Conn, went to a small church in the area, Kistler Free Will Baptist Church, so we decided to go to her church. Even though we looked the way we did, everyone welcomed us and nobody treated us like we were not welcome there. We had known a few people there because we lived in such a small town, but because of that knowledge, chances were that they would know about us. They welcomed us like we had always gone there. It also surprised me to find out that the McCoy family, the family that I had stayed with as a child, also went there.
That night, on October 22, 1978, Jesus spoke to my heart as clear as if He was standing right there beside me. I knew I was a sinner, but I didn’t know until that night that I would spend eternity in Hell without Jesus. That night, Kenny McCoy, prayed with me and I asked God to forgive me of my sins and invited Jesus Christ to become my Savior. That night, I became a child of God and I can honestly say, my life has never been the same. Like II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” I couldn’t believe the change that had come over me(John 9:25). I felt good, I felt clean, it was like I had just taken a shower and all the dirt of my life had been washed away(Psalm 51:1-3). Life looked different to me, it was like I was seeing it for the very first time, even the stars and mountains looked different. I finally realized how they got there and they looked more beautiful than ever(Psalm 40:5). The next day, I told everyone I ran into what had happened(Psalm 35:18). I got hugs from the Christians and scorn from the sinners, but I didn’t care, I told them anyway. When my friends saw me, I didn’t have to say a word, they knew that something had happened to me. They could see the change right away.
I was lost, blind to my sin and the eternal fate that awaited me. But God opened my eyes and now I could see clearly for the first time in my life. I was like the blind man in John 9:1, 7, 25. I was blind, but now I see.
Although I have failed Him many times, He has never failed me. I can honestly say, accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior was the BEST decision that I have ever made and I have never regretted, even for a moment, that I made it. I deeply regret the person I used to be and I never want to be the person I use to be and by the grace of God, I NEVER will be. I thank God everyday for saving me from the life I was living and the eternal punishment I would have suffered if I hadn’t accepted Jesus as my Savior.
Romans 10:9-10 – 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Ephesians 2:8-10 – 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 32:1-2 – 1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.