A ‘Second-Chance’ Story

 

I got to baptize Scott earlier this year.

 

Scott Skowronski shared his story as a “Person of the Second Chance” at our Highland Campus on Sunday. Like him, I want everyone to know how God really works in our lives so I asked if I could share it.  Enjoy…

I am in my 29th year of life and am filled with so much love.  I carry with me relentless hope, faith and desire that enable me to be the someone I was always meant to be.  As I take time to periodically reflect on my existence, I can look back at the many different seasons and physically trace the ways that God was working and preparing me for what was yet to come.  However, it was not always this way…

For most of my life, I have lived as a confused person simply waking up to the challenges of the day chasing an ever elusive feeling of sustainable happiness.  Any joy that I experienced was attributed to the immediate effect of the self indulgent behavior I was currently participating in during my pursuit.  There was absolutely no thought about consequences and definitely no care about where I may end up.  I was living in a world without truth.

I have always been blessed with so many worldly things that I used to take for granted.  I have always had a family that loved me.  I always had food in my stomach and a comfortable warm bed to call my own.  However, an ungrateful attitude combined with misguided decisions led me down a dark road where my gifts were being used solely for my own personal pleasure.  The rewards for my choices gently seemed to fade with each selfish act leading me down a path of unavoidable destruction.  By the time I realized where I was in my life, I suddenly became consumed by hopelessness and a fear that it was too late to change.

However, I made a physical dedication to the inward transformation that had been in progress throughout my entire life on February 7th, 2010.  On a cold winter day, my heart was forever changed becoming filled with a warmth that has a source so much greater than the sun.  I was baptized by Greg Lee rising from the water with a new hope stronger than anything I had ever felt before in my life.  As I was embraced for the first time as a whole hearted follower of Christ, I felt comforted immediately knowing that God was in control of my life.

Since making the decision to participate in the act of baptism, my life has not become any less hectic.  I am confronted with daily challenges… I face new fears… and suffer through intermittent hurts.  However, the confusion that plagued my existence has been overcome by a greater purpose dedicated to serving God and ever increasingly becoming more like Christ.  I feel a constant love that carries over into the lives of those around me and continue to live every day trusting I am being guided to exactly where I am supposed to be.

I trust that 29 years from now I will be filled with even more life no matter where I may be and take comfort in the fact that God is in control.  As long as I commit myself to listening for his guidance and follow through on his will, I can live a life full of sustainable joy.  What more could I ever ask for?

I made the choice… I took that step… I became a follower of Christ… and my life has been forever changed.

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~ by Greg Lee on October 27, 2010.

2 Responses to “A ‘Second-Chance’ Story”

  1. I love hearing personal stories on your blog Greg. Thanks for this update about how Christ has changed Scott Skowronski’s life. Can’t wait to meet him! Only through Christ are we able to fully appreciate life and find our true belonging.

    • So true, Les. I just stopped to pray for you. Thanks for serving Christ alongside of me so we can have more stories like this.

      Greg

      Sent from my Blackberry device

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