It Kind of Stung

So I am at work last night, and a coworker kind of let it slip, that I have become something of a joke to some of the guys there because of the new life I have been given.  I admit, over the last couple years, Christ has invaded me.  I mean, every aspect of my life has been turned inside-out and upside-down.  There has been an obvious change in me, my family, our lives.  But a joke?  It kind of stung to be real honest.  I am not the guy going around preaching to everybody, I am not the angry/mean Christian condemning every sin I see, I am not that guy.  I am the guy who has found love for other people where there was only indifference, at best, before.  I am the guy who has seen lives transformed, families healed, growth attained, and meaning clarified.  It kind of stung.

Well guys, whoever you are  (I have no idea by the way), all I can tell you is what I have seen and experienced in my own life.  It is awesome.  Everyday it gets better.  Before it was all about me and today it is all about you and others out there like you.  You are loved, even if that sounds cheesy and unmanly.  I don’t care about the sin, or shortcomings in anyones life, I just know what it feels like to be in the presence of God and what a transformational thing that it is.  I want that for you and for everyone I meet.  I know that anything that has happened to me is not because of anything I have done, I am a broken, sinful, wounded human being.  All the glory always goes to Jesus, who took this idiot named Josh, and transformed his life.  And in doing so, is transforming lives of those around me.  I will never be the same.

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2 responses to “It Kind of Stung

  1. Josh, you are inspiring. When I finally came to Christ, 2003? I believe it was. I had to stay on the freight train, with a great engineer, to keep my sanity. I distanced meself from the ” typical Railroaders” we interact with every day. When I decided to hold a yard job up in Michigan, 1 guy came up to me, he mentioned how I seemed happier, calmer, not as stressed…He had heard Rumors of my beliefs, we talked about my journey alot. Long story short, he became my conductor on the freight train, and we talked alot more. He started coming to church with us, I still do not think hes 100% sure of Gods existence, but I know, he wants to believe…hes rough around the edges, some guys in Elk. don t “get him”…and its alright!!! Your integrety, and selfishness will show thru, let them say . oh, how can he? or how can some one who used to..?…Love them , theres a few yank on me about faith, I smile and try to be better example…You ve got a gift brother…I ll not say I envy you, I ll just let ya know I respect you and hope to sometime sit down and learn FROM YOU….peace josh, to you and family…

  2. Praise the lord! They persecuted Jesus also. Be not deceived,God is not mocked;for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:8 &9. Happy Thanksgiving

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