It was August 1982.

I was home for the summer after my freshmen year at college.

My first year of college was not a high point in my life.  I had been living a partying lifestyle since my sophomore year of high school and being away at college didn’t make that any better.  In fact, my friends and I would party 6 days a week with Wednesdays off for studying.  Needless to say, looking back, I was a bit lost and not very happy.

My conversion to Christianity was an unusual one.  I had people try to witness to me and I just ignored them.  I had considered myself a Christian since I was eight years old and a Baptist friend of mine told me that if I wanted to go to heaven I had to believe in Jesus, say a prayer and I would be saved.  Sounded like a good idea to me, though I had no idea who Jesus was.  I prayed with my friend and went to Church with him, but nothing changed.

Back to the summer of 1982.  I had gone sailing on the Potomac with my parents one day and we just got back to the dock.  My chore was to fold the jib ( the front sail).  So I took it up to the grass to fold it up for storage.  As I walked down the dock, I remember praying, “God, I love you”.  I also remember thinking to myself, “That’s funny, I have never prayed that before”.

That was it.  At that exact moment my life changed dramatically.  No one knew what happened to me.  I didn’t even understand the implications until a month or so later.  As days went by from that moment, I knew I could pray and that God heard my prayers.  I suddenly, without anyone’s input, wanted to read a Bible.  I used to sneak at home and watch Christian TV shows and turn the channel when someone walked in the room.  Finally I made the decision to tell my brother, who had become a Christian a few months before, about what happened to me.  He gave me the help and direction that I really needed.

I went back to college and continued in my partying ways.  After a month or so, one night, I knew that I had to give up the partying or give up my relationship with Jesus Christ.  This might not be theologically correct in some people’s minds, but I had to give up this idol and I knew it was my choice.  I chose to give up partying.

One day, several months later, I was home for a break from school and I panicked.  I had changed so much, so fast, with very little input that I no longer knew who I was.  I called a national TV prayer line and the councilor prayed for me and the panic went away.

My life has been steadily changed by the power of God ever since that summer.  I have challenges and blessings.  Everything, from my family to my running is only possible through the blessings I have received from being a Christian.

I really don’t know why things happened differently for me that the norm.  I don’t know why God saved me the way he did.  I do know that He is part of my DNA.

All I do and all I am is influenced and completed by my relationship with Him.


10 thoughts on “Faith

  1. Just read your running story and your faith story. Looking forward to reading more. Glad you are sharing both 🙂 I think it’s awesome that you are shooting for Boston – I hope you get your BQ very soon!

    • Thank you! I wanted to share my testimony, but was in a quandary since this is honestly specifically a running blog. So I thought this would be a good place to give people the chance to read it if they so chose. I really appreciate the comment!!!

  2. What an amazing transformation both spiritually and physically! I had to pause and reflect on the part about God hearing your prayers. It gives me comfort and serves as a reminder that God is hearing my prayers too! Thank you for sharing.

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