Chuck - Plant Engineer - NC
I was raised in a Christian home, my parents were good people. But I was a mean, violent, little boy that looked for ways do that which was wrong. I had a violent temper and loved to fight. At age of ten, I began to smoke, by twelve I was drinking. My parents didn't know but I would sneak around and get it and the alcohol just made me meaner and harder than before.
As the years went by, and as I got older, I got more violent. I loved to challenge everybody! Fighting was something I looked forward to doing. I would pick fights and even do deliberate things to make people mad so I could beat them up or get a fight.
Then I joined the military, which didn't help. There was an encouragement in there to be tough and fight so whether drinking or not, I was always looking for a way to be violent. I had a vulgar mouth too. I had gotten so bad I couldn't say four words with out one of them being profanity.
Then I was married, but it wasn't long until that was over. I floundered along in life. Then I met a sweet Christian lady who married me even though I was divorced, hard, and mean. That was when things began to change.
One day while driving down a busy street a car began to tailgate. I got so mad that I got out of my truck at a stoplight, went back to his car, pulled the guy out and began to beat him. His wife and children were sitting there watching and the children really were scared. I wasn't phased by it, I beat him and then went back and got in my truck.
But then my wife turned to me and she said, Chuck, this has got to stop. Something has got to change. I began to think about changing but I knew I couldn't. I loved what I did and who I was.
Then when I was 37 years old and working in South Georgia. I worked alongside some Christians and they began to witness to me. They asked if I was saved and I told them no. They ask if I would like to be. I replied no, I like my life just the way it is now.
But God started to work on my heart. One day I was driving down the road when it was like the Spirit of God got in the truck with me. I knew it was my time and that if I didn't change I was going to hell like they had said. Right there and then, I pulled off to the side of the road and prayed and asked Jesus Christ to be my Savior. That day I was saved.
My life was changed from that day on. I went home, told my wife and immediately poured out all the liquor I had there. I had been a alcoholic for twenty years, but when Jesus came in I was changed. God began to straighten out my life and soon I found myself looking for ways to avoid conflicts. But, I believe that the biggest change was that my language was different. It was like someone inside me was telling me what to say and what not to say.
For these last few years, I have enjoyed the love of God and faithfully served Him. I am living proof that "…if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature, old things have passed away; behold all things are become new." (2Cor.5"17)
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