John S.’s Story

PaidInFull_0003_Group 1 copy 6 (Custom)What was your life like before you met Christ? * I can’t remember a lot about what life was like before Christ because I came to Him at a very early age but I have been told that I was quite a handful.

How did you come to Christ? * I remember the day I came to Christ. I don’t remember the other children in Bible School or even the message that morning. What I do remember is the blue sky out the windows, the aisle I walked down, the overwhelming sense of need that I had for God and Mrs. Carol who led me to Christ.

What is your life like now in Christ? * My life after that was wonderful…almost. I was the kind of young person who parents didn’t worry much about because I could be trusted. My life in Christ grew steadily over the years and at age 25 I had not experienced drinking or partying and was sexually pure. Actually, I was quite self righteous and looked down on people who did those things. That’s when my bipolar illness manifested and turned my world upside down. 13years later I had not only extensive experience with those things, but a whole lot more. As I fought my way out of that hole, God threw me a line to pull me up, but it took a long time and many setbacks. I have often struggled with why God would allow me to live that way since I knew that His Spirit lived in me. It wasn’t until recently that I was reminded of the many times that I was in very dark places doing very dark things and the people around me noticed that I was “different”. Although I was running from God and doing the same things everyone else did, and more, He was always right there. His spirit still lived in me. I was bought with a price and I was not my own. He wasn’t letting go and even the non-Christians could see that. I no longer have the self righteousness that I had when I was younger. I understand many things that allow me to minister to people going through those things. Most importantly, I really value my relationship with Christ in a way I never would have otherwise. I now have the hope and joy I had when I was younger, but I have a deeper love for Christ than I ever did before.