Jan S.’s Story

RisenSD_main-clean (Custom)What was your life like before you met Christ? * From the time I was able to understand, I knew the name of Jesus and that He loved me. I was blessed to be raised by wonderful Christian parents, so it came as no surprise to me that Jesus wanted to live in my heart and be my Savior.

How did you come to Christ? * As I grew, I began to realize that Jesus would only come into my heart if I asked for forgiveness of my sins and invited Him to be my Lord and Savior. During a revival service at age 7, I took my Pastor’s hand and told him I wanted Jesus to come into my heart. It was so simple and yet so monumental. I could not get the smile off my face. I had never felt this kind of joy and I wanted everyone to know about it. I boldly told everyone I met that Jesus now lived in my heart. I witnessed freely with my best friend and my classmates. Unfortunately, as I grew older, the boldness lessened. I slipped into a “normal” church upbringing which included mission study, Bible Drill, choir, mission trips, Sunday School and essentially attending everything my church had to offer. I was so blessed to have such a foundation, but was I really fulfilling the Great Commission? I married a wonderful Christian husband and the Lord has blessed us with three precious daughters. We had the great privilege of leading these girls to the Lord and watching them develop into mighty warriors for the Lord. But was this all the Lord wanted me to do?

What is your life like now in Christ? * Over my lifetime, the Lord has given me numerous opportunities to live for Him and share His Story with those who have crossed my path. But, have I taken advantage of these opportunities? Sadly, too many of them have passed me by, along with the blessings the Lord had in store for me. Now, He has blessed me with retirement. I now have the time to use every day for His Glory. Isn’t that what we were created for; to Glorify Him and make disciples? I have asked the Lord to forgive me for wasting the opportunities He has given me to glorify Him. With His help and the leading of the Holy Spirit, my desire is to start each day by saying, “What can I do for You today, Lord? Is there someone I can love in Your Name? Is there someone who needs my help or encouragement? Most of all, is there someone who needs you as their Savior?” I stand ready to say , “Yes, Lord! Here am I, send me.” My life’s goal is found in Philippians s 3:10 – “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death.” As long as He gives me breath, I want to share my Lord and the hope that dwells within me because of His supreme sacrifice. “To live is Christ; to die is gain!”