How I came to believe.  I was not interested in any type of religion when growing up.  It was more fun just fooling around.  As a teen, alcohol was much more fun and had more exciting adventures, or so I thought. 

When I got out of the service in 1969, having done 2 tours in Viet Nam, I was using alcohol on a daily basis.  Where I worked, it was common to be drunk by noon and to continue drinking after work hours. 

 

In 1978, I got involved in A-A and started riding motorcycles.  Since I had quit drinking, I thought riding would be a good way to relieve stress.  It worked for a while.  I continued to search for a higher power and I looked at many varieties. 

 

In 1982, while laying in bed trying to fall asleep, my mind was racing, thinking about all sorts of things.  All of a sudden, I heard wind blowing and a voice that said “Jesus is Lord”.   Before I knew it, I was on my knees next to the bed asking for forgiveness.  That was the turning  point. 

 

It took a few years afterwards to seek out who this Jesus was.  I continue to let God teach me. 

 

In Christ,

Paul