My personal motivation to you
Please take a moment to read this text nice and slow. Feel the writers emotions in each word.
My future used to be empty. Not only dark, but empty. A meaningless existence as just another cog in the machine. A 9-5 yes man fantasizing an early end to avoid the shame of pulling his own plug. A life lived in yesterday. Every day a waking reminder of his regrets, flaws, hardships, and imminent self-destruction. A man who fell from a high cliff and survived the fall to rock bottom. Picked up by the grace of God and placed on the other side of the abyss. My future now bright. I fear no evil. My past no longer destroys me; it makes me. It doesn't abuse me; I use it. My life is full of potential and will never end. My life has purpose and when my time comes it is because He has called me home.
I want everyone to know that. It breaks my heart seeing people hurt as I have hurt. It kills me to see people falling into the abyss. I've been there and wish I could put up a sign that reads "Bridge out of service; please walk around." The sign of trust. I learned the hard way, please don't follow me because I can see the way from here.
I say this to myself as much as I do you, my brothers. Never forget the horror you have endured. Remember the feeling. Recognize it wherever you go and destroy it. We have amazing lives ahead of us; why not share that privilege with the world? Christ fed thousands with a few pieces of bread and some fish. Well we have something better than fish and we ought to feed the world.
February 26, 2019
A friend of mine posted this in a group chat a few weeks ago. WOW! What a transformation!
I wanted to share this because I wanted to let you know that salvation is real. There is a 100% change in one's life once God makes an encounter with them. Many say, "Oh, yeah... Me? Of course I'm a Christian." but then you realize the words just don't match their lifestyle. They may even believe it in their heart. That can think what they want, but Christ's own words were, "You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16)
Read that verse again; there's no question in there. You WILL know them by their fruit is a pretty strong statement in my opinion. Whether a person is bearing grapefruit or little blueberries, you will see the fruit. I'm not saying Christians are perfect. Everyone is a sinner, and everyone falls. We are all going to make mistakes, Christian or not, but there is a distinct difference between a the saved and unsaved.
My friend, which I quoted above, made the announcement that he had been saved a few months back. Did I doubt him? Not exactly... but I was weary about it of course. "Okay," I said to myself, "let's see if his words line up with the way he lives."
Slowly, but surely over time he started speaking a little more about the deeper things in life. He wasn't the same person he had been the year before. The guy that went through mood-swings, usually hating life with a negative attitude, and always looking to this world for mere moments of pleasure just wasn't there anymore.
It was as if the old friend died and was made anew. His speech had become more positive, even pointing to God at times. He started speaking of struggle He had still battled with, but made statements that he knew God was helping him through. He stopped focusing on all of the awful things that seemed to drowned him life, and started sending scripture in our group chat and speaking about how he was praying with God.
There was truly a miraculous change that occurred in his life that was seen by the friends surrounding him. This is what I am talking about! This is PROOF of one who has truly been born again by the mercy and grace of God! We prayed for him, witnessed to him, even read the Bible to him; but at the time of 3-6 months ago we knew that his heart was still stone.
It wasn't until God reached down into the dark place he was in and pulled him up onto the other side that he truly began to change. The righteousness of God was worked into him, not by his own doings, but by God himself. He couldn't climb out of the deep cavern he was in. That's why Christ came down into the abyss... He gave a way to get out onto the other side!
PRAISE GOD FOR WHAT HE HAS DONE! PRAISE GOD FOR THE SALVATION HE HAS GRANTED TO MY NEW BROTHER IN CHRIST!
I wanted to share this story with you for two reasons.
1. Believers bear fruit.
This is a hard truth, but a truth that is reality. You may have friends of your own that say they are believers. They may even go along with the routine of most believers (church, owns a Bible, sometimes maybe attends Bible studies). We may be fooled, but God will not be fooled. Jesus' words: "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." (John 10:27) True Believers will prove who they are. Growth may be slow, may not even show itself at times of struggle, but true Believers will bear fruit. There's no way around it.
2. There is hope for the unbelievers.
Sometimes we forget that there is hope. Sometimes we fall into the sad state of not sharing the Gospel, not showing others what living like a Christian is all about, and not praying for the unsaved we are surrounded by. Never lose hope. I prayed for my brother, Dave, for a long time before God saved him. It was years! I went through times of no prayer, little prayer here and there, and then towards the end TONS of prayer for his salvation. It took months and months before the Spirit came upon him.
Same with this friend; I was praying for his salvation probably over six months ago. Because of seeing God working in my brother Dave, I knew that God could do the same for my friend. Dave's salvation gave me hope in salvation for others. There is power in prayer. If God has given you a new life, don't waste the privilege of prayer; beg God to do what he has done to you to the one's around you. Ask God to make you the witness that they need in their life.
I hope from reading this you are encouraged and motivated to go out and be the Christ God wants you to be in other's lives. Don't lose hope, and bear the fruit of Christ in the lives surrounding you.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
There is life on the other side of the abyss.
Hi, I am Michael Jaymes. I am 20, and decided to start writing in the winter of 2017. I feel a burden on my heart that I have much to say, so why not share it? I want to be heard and I want to touch the lives of others. What is a better way than through the internet? I have made my life motto, "I just want to be a blessing." It's time for me to live it out.