A Must read…Diane’s Story

Diane Kolarczyk (gotta love “The Region” names!) was baptized Sunday by her friend Susan.  I love hearing people’s stories and she took the time to write hers out so she could share the change in her life with all of her friends.  I asked her if I could share it with my friends too. Here it is…in her own words.

From as far as I can remember, God has been a part of my life. As I grew up in our home and in my school and in my church, God was there. I had no doubts. I simply believed.

As I got older I had more questions. I found that I didn’t agree with the rules of the church and I knew that if you didn’t follow the rules you weren’t a good Catholic and good Catholics went to heaven.

Over time I moved further and further away from Church but when the chips were down, times were bad, I was scared, I always turned to God. He was my rock.

In 2003, my best friend died after a 7 year battle with breast cancer. The morning of her death I was sitting on the front porch with her 7-year-old son. We were both crying. He said, “ Di, I never thought it would happen.” I said, “Connor, I know exactly what you mean.” And I did. That was the day I walked away from God. I was done with Him.

In those next years, I didn’t feel like I was the same person anymore. I felt like a part of me was gone. Rachelle took it with her when she died. More years went by and not only did I not feel like myself, but I began to feel more and more lost. My friend Sue would share her faith with me from time to time. She encouraged me to join her at church. I did occasionally but nothing ever made an impact. That is until the Sunday we went to a movie theatre and someone handed me a betting chip on my way in. I listened that day to Pastor Greg’s message in a way I hadn’t in a long time.

Sue and I continued to go to Suncrest at the St John campus. I listened more. I sat in a Sunday service and was so overwhelmed by emotion that I thought I was going to have to get up and leave! I realized after hearing the song “Unstoppable” by Rascal Flatts that I was lost because I was no longer whole. And it wasn’t Rachelle that was missing, it was God. He wanted me to come home to Him. I felt as though He was standing in front of me waving his arms and doing everything to get me to come to Him except actually take me by the hand. I had to be the one to choose. So on April 15, 2009, I took my leap of faith and gave myself back to God. The moment I did I felt whole again. I was me again.

At Suncrest I have found a relationship with God. I chose to be baptized to declare my commitment to Him and to my faith. I believe that it is my next step on my journey to a deeper relationship with Him. Each night I pray that I can go “all in” with my relationship with Him. That I will live my life based on the example that Jesus gave us. And that I will open my heart to his Holy Spirit so that it may be filled with love for Him until that love becomes my very foundation.

~ by Greg Lee on September 22, 2010.

2 Responses to “A Must read…Diane’s Story”

  1. Very powerful and very true! God is who makes us whole. Tell Diane thank you very much for sharing. Praise God for changed hearts and praise God also for the knowledge of those who haven’t received Him that something is missing!

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