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November 1, 2004

I'm forty-four years old, have been married for twenty-five years, and am the father of two grown children. I soon will be a grandfather. Yet,it was only seven years ago, when I was 38 years of age that I gave my heart and life to Jesus Christ.  Before I asked Jesus to come into my heart, I thought of myself as a good person. I was hard working, a good husband and dad, and I generally liked people and treated them well. I often helped people so that I could get that pat on the back. I also thought though,  that I had to be the best drinker, tell the tallest tales and the best jokes in order to be liked and accepted.

My idea of self-worth was about pleasing myself and doing things the way I wanted to do them.  Things suddenly started changeing in my life however, when my wife and I were dealing with the illness and subsequent death of her mother. That experience awakened something within my wife.  She began seeking answers to questions she had about life and death and as a result began attending church. 

I continued to live the same way I always had lived and leading my children in the same direction. The fact that she was going one way and I another finally took its toll on our relationship and our marriage became very shaky. I tried to appease her by telling her that I would go to church with her even though I really had no intention of following through. As you can imagine, our marriage just continued to deteriorate from that point.  We finally reached a place in our relationship where my wife told me that if she had to choose between God or me, I would be the loser. 

That got my attention. I knew now just how serious she was, and although I knew nothing about a realtionship with the Lord, I knew that I loved her and it was time to make a decision.  My wife and daughter were attending Woodhaven Baptist Chruch when I got a visit from the pastor and a church member who invited me to go to church.  I went the next Sunday and in that one hour learned more about God than I had learned in my whole lifetime. God opened up my head and my heart and I began to want more.

The next Sunday I didn't feel like I had to go, but I wanted to go.  I didn't understand why, but I felt like something drawing me back to hear more. When the Word of God was preached, the Spirit of God began to break down the walls of pride, selfishness and anger that I had built up in my heart.  I had a choice to either hold on to my sin or give it over to Christ as my personal Savior. On that Easter Sunday morning in 1999, I decided to give it to Jesus.

Accepting Jesus Christ as my Savior was a turning point in my life and I no longer feel like I need to be accepted by the world. I know now that it is not all about self, but about Jesus.  I am serving God today at Woodhaven Baptist Church and strive to live my life daily for Jesus Christ and his glory.  I'm so thankful for Jesus' love and forgiveness for me.

Saved by grace, Ron Groue