What is the greatest thing God has done in your life? How has He blessed your life in a way that is so amazing? That is what I asked myself and a few of our writers. The rules are simple. It can be anything, just as long as it isn’t being saved and having all of your sins wiped away.
I imagine pinpointing the single greatest thing God has done in my life outside of salvation is not a struggle for me only. Ask that question of any Christian with a few years under their belt and you’re bound to run into complications. There are many options, many choices, many stories.
But I think my answer is going to be in light of a pretty recent familial cataclysm, which lead to a lot of changes going on not only in my immediate family, but in families and friends across the nation.
To keep an extremely long and complicated situation into something digestible, just understand my father has a history of several unlawful actions, from drugs to cheating on my mother. In recent years, he’s undergone a paradigm shift in which he turned his life around dramatically, but that isn’t my answer. Little over a year ago my mother then had an affair on my father. Complicated and tragic in more ways than one, this became public and caused many dramatic emotional upheavals in the lives of my family.
This has lead to my mother becoming somewhat anathemized and my father entering a series of terrible, depressive bouts, a few of which lead to genuine suicidal thoughts. This is the greatest thing God has ever done in my life, not because its a pretty situation (these issues are still ongoing and being addressed in numerous ways, including a divorce), but because of the staggering amount of introspection, heart-remodeling, and unity it has generated. In order to handle the cascade of emotional burdens and twists, me and my brother have undergone tremendous growth in regulating and dealing with our family near and far. As more of my friends learn the details of the situation, and in turn spread details to their families, I find that the reach of our prayer support spreads across hundreds of people in several different churches and households across the nation. There are people praying for my family whom I have never even met.
I’m reminded of a lyric by Steven Curtis Chapman: “May I be made weak, so I’ll know the strength of the One who’s strong”. I have been forced to handle more stress in the last year than in my entire life, actively having to convince my father not to end his life, to steer anger and hatred away from my mother, and help each of them, in turn, understand how they got where they are and how to keep things from getting worse. I couldn’t have done any of this without God-inspired empowerment.
And all of this is only the surface, not even covering specific changes in my father, grandparents, or many other people who are influenced by this situation.
Not sure where things will go from here, as things still aren’t good, but nonetheless I would still consider this the greatest thing God has ever done in my life.
Honestly, the best and biggest thing God has done in my life is to guide me into writing for Geeks Under Grace. I’ve never been more devoted to a task the way I am devoted to writing reviews and other pieces for the site. I had just finished reading Radical by David Platt, and at the end of the book, he invites you to take the Radical Challenge, which is actually comprised of 5 challenges:
Pray for the entire world
Read the entire Bible in a year
Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose
Give your time in another context
Commit your life to a multiplying community
God has seen to it that I can perform parts 4 and 5 with relative ease. Just after Easter, 2014, I was invited to join this remarkable group of believers, and I thank God for it.
The best thing God has ever done for me…
I don’t really have a testimony on how I came to God. He saved me when I was young, 11 years old to be exact; so I really didn’t have time to get to any trouble. Never got drunk, haven’t smoked anything, didn’t go to jail, or anything. I did drop out of school when I was 15, but even that wasn’t as dramatic as it could have been. God’s kind of had his hand in keeping me on track. Personally, I’ve been well. I can’t say the same for everybody around me.
My sister was pregnant last year. Not just pregnant, but pregnant with twins. This was a big deal to me and my family. My sister had been trying to get pregnant for years; so when it finally happened, it was tremendous joy. What happened next was the most painful thing to ever happen to me.
My sister was five months pregnant, and she started to have stomach pains. She stayed in the hospital for a week. I went to see her at the hospital on a Saturday. I left there that night hopeful. That hope was obliterated in three days. She gave pre-mature birth to the first child on July 1st. He passed on July 1st. The very next day, she gave birth to the second child. She passed on the same day. To recap: two labors, two children, two deaths, in two days. The pain that my sister had to go through supersedes any pain that I had, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hurt.
I was crushed. I was devastated. I couldn’t stop crying. I tried to remain strong while I was around my sister, her husband, and the rest of my family. However, when I was alone, all I could do was weep. That happened until about the time school started the next month.
Even with the pain of losing my niece and nephew on back to back days, I never let it hinder my relationship with God. If anything, it got stronger.
That was July 2013, it is now August 01, 2014. I can happily say that my sister is now pregnant again with a boy. The best thing that God has done for me is show me, through my sister’s pregnancy, that the pain will never last forever. I live my life through wins and losses. Last year, I was dealt one of the biggest losses in my life. This year, I have been blessed with the biggest win.
People might look at me and say how can you love God when he put you, your sister, and your family through that type of pain? My answer to that is, why not?
Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.” This situation just proves without a shadow of doubt that no matter what, God will never leave me hanging, he’ll always be with me. Because of that, I return the favor. I will always be with God.
In the 6th grade some kid at school brought to lunch a porno mag. Prior to this I had not thought of women in this way. I ended up going home and Googling naked women. Needless to say, my parents busted me and it was quite embarrassing despite not really knowing what I did wrong at the time. This was an on and off problem until I graduated and moved out of the house. Along with living on my own came unrestricted internet and from there on my addiction to porn grew. Sadly, I never viewed this as a real issue until January of 2013 when my ex-gf busted me on it and was about to break up with me. This prompted me to want to change but I ended up slipping right back into the addiction. Later on in the year I attended an addiction group that met weekly at the church I went to. They introduced me to a computer program called Covenant Eyes, which is fantastic. Also, making my mom the person who sees my activity reports really gave me the kick I needed. But… I still had my phone. Someone at work told me about Net Nanny and I downloaded that onto my phone and it has proven to be a blessing as well. However, I know I can get around both programs since where there is a will there is a way. I finally gave up. I sincerely prayed to God for self control and to help remove the thoughts of looking at the filth. Since then I have prayed, praised, and read His word everyday. This has proven to be an effective formula to remove the addiction of porn in my life. While I still have lustful thoughts and find that to be the next challenge in my life, I thank the Lord for helping me move past the decade plus years I spent with a porn problem. Praise the Lord for He is almighty!
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