I became a Christian as a young boy, maybe 8 or 9 years old. I was very active in church and Sunday School.
Then I got into my teen years and I began to be less interested in the things of God. My folks didn't push me and I got fairly wild and crazy.
I married young and started a family with little interest in God.
In my late 20s I was living in Minnesota but travelling to North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska for work. I was becoming discontent with everything about my life.
It was September of 1975 and everything was about to change radically. I had travelled to Jamestown, North Dakota for business and was staying in a mom-and-pop motel thinking about my life and wondering, "Is this all there is?" I was sitting on the edge of my bed, pondering the pointlessness of my dreary existence. As I sat there I watched my tears fall onto my shoes.
I remembered a time where life had significantly more to look forward to than now. It was when I was a young boy in church. It was when I loved Jesus and wanted to live my life in a way that would please Him. Then I uttered a very simple prayer. I said, "God, if You're real, show me and I will serve You forever." That was it! I laid down and went right to sleep.
What took place after that was eerie but wonderfully awesome. It's like the Apostle Paul said, "I knew a man, whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell, but God knows." As I mentioned earlier, I was in a motel room. All windows and doors were closed, yet a wind like a freight train blew through the room. The curtains blew clear to the ceiling. My bed shook and levitated and like a video reel in my head on fast forward, my life passed before my eyes. Just as suddenly as it began the curtains dropped into place, the bed gently lowered to the ground and the sound of the wind ceased. I instantly fell fast asleep.
I awoke the next morning knowing that God answered my simple prayer in a profound way.
I said, "God, You are real. You care about me and what I do with my life. I believe You are real and I will serve You forever."
It's September, 37 years later. I was a lay minister in my home church for 13 years and have pastored Living Word Outreach Ministries with my wife, Barb, for 17 years. In these 37 years I have never one time doubted the reality of Father God.
Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life and the Holy Spirit lives big in me and through me, enabling me to accomplish God's will and plan for my life.
Perhaps you want to know in your heart that God is real, as I do. God desires to be as real to every man and woman who will place their trust in Him. Jesus Christ gave His life for every man and woman who will receive Him so that they can have eternal life.
If you do not know my Jesus personally, you can today. Simply ask Jesus to come into your heart. Ask Him to forgive your sins, and determine today that you are going to live your new life to please God, and the Holy Spirit will help you.