My Testimony/My Message

Butch

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Hello, my name is Butch. This is my testimony (in 5 minutes), and some of the story that has led to my encouraging others to "Give God the same chance that you have given the world."

Born December 10, 1957, I am the first-born of a broken home in which I had four daddies before I entered the first grade. Before I started school, my real dad, just out of the Air Force, kidnapped me and my sister, brought us across state lines, and won custody of us. We then lived on a farm with my grandparents, and were regularly taken to a little Southern Baptist church. Some of my fondest memories are of farm life during my early grade school years.

My dad was a very religious man, and, after remarrying, continued to take us to church. I had two salvation type experiences before I became a teenager, one in which I was not truly saved, and one in which I was. However, I did not grow beyond what I now call the "delivery room stage" as a child of God for 15 years.

I was a rebellious teenager, and about the time I got my license, I started down the path of fooling around with alcohol and marijuana. Before graduating, I left home on bad terms and dived headlong into the world. Before a year was up, the trailer that I and my friend were renting burned to the ground and I lost everything except the clothes I had on and my senior ring, which I found in the rubble. I was also at that time having to borrow a car from my boss, for just a few days prior (on Christmas Eve night), I had got on a whiskey drunk, and ran my own car off an embankment into what had been a hog lot.

Though I continued on the bad path I had been on, I did have a strong work ethic and managed to get back on my feet. At 20, I had the good break of getting a job in the jet engine alloy industry, wherein I have now been employed for over 40 years. During my early 20's, my life had its good times and bad times, but the bad times wore on me more and more. A highlight of this time in my life was my building of a show winning street machine, "my dream car," yet, it never quite did for me what I needed done for me. With a good job, one of the nicest cars around, and lots of friends, outwardly it looked like I was living the dream. But inwardly, it was down, down, down, until I reached my bottom at age 25. In reality, I was living (dying) behind a false face and felt like I had to be the most unhappy person on the face of the earth---even sometimes savoring the thought of suicide.

While 25, on rare occasions, I would go to the little church that I grew up in, all for my grandparent's sake. On one of those occasions, God got my attention with the inspiration to give Him the same chance I had given the world. With the ray of hope that there might be something more to life than what I had been experiencing, I began to fully pursue God.

In my pursuit of God, I did not anticipate the trials and tribulations of the Christian walk, nor the sudden disappearance of all my friends. Early on, I had two or three bad slips, but I was unrelenting in my resolve. Also during that time, while thinking on Adam and of God's statement, "It is not good that the man should be alone" (Gen. 2:18), I agreed!, and began to pray for and seek my "Eve." About a year later, I met her, in another year we were married, and we have been together ever since! Moreover, at 35, I became the father of my only child, our son.

In oft reflection, it has remained hard for me to believe the turn around God made in my life. When at my bottom, starting out, my only concept of serving God was that of doing religious related activities, so that is what I did. But, I was also consumed by thoughts of God every waking moment. I had no idea that in my devotion to God and seeking to accomplish His purpose for my life, what I was doing was walking the walk of discipleship---not until a few years later. In my walk with Christ, I have served in churches in most every capacity, even as a nursery worker! In 1988, I enrolled in a Bible college, but was much let down by what I found. I soon resolved that I would go only as far as I felt God's leadership, even if it was one class short of a degree. I was insistent upon living in accord with what had become (and still is) my life Scripture, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths" (Pro. 3:5-6). Well, I'm many classes short of a degree. What then are my credentials? My seeking of all truth by the guidance of Christ's Spirit and what this has done for my understanding, in accord with His promise in John 16:13---"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come."

On January 22, 1994, I recognized God's call upon my life to be a missionary discipler. In 1998, I got the opportunity to supply for a little church in a county where I used to run around. Interestingly, on Halloween night of the year I graduated (1976), I was the ring leader of some wrongdoing that led to a State Trooper chasing me and two others through the graveyard of this church. Now, for 20 years, I have served there, mostly like a co-pastor, counting it an honor to be used of God in this way. As of last year (2018), I became their pastor. Recently, I was able to secure grave plots for myself and my family in the church cemetery, very near (possibly at!) the place where I jumped off a bordering embankment and hunkered down in the ditch that is there to escape that cop. God surely works in mysterious ways!
 

Butch

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Thank you for sharing your testimony. :)

May the Lord continue to lead and guide you for His glory and for the sake of other souls to their salvation. :nod

:pray
As with many, my biggest problem leading up to the time I was 25 is that I did not seek for the Lord to lead and guide me. When I began to endeavor to give Him the same chance that I had given the world, I so sought His leadership and guidance that Pro. 3:5-6 soon became my life Scripture. Thank you for your kind words.
 

Butch

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That is quite a testimony Butch.
The Lord is marvelous and ever loving.
Keep your eyes upon Jesus and keep serving Him.
It is the best anyone can do.
Thank you brother for your words of encouragement. For me, though I was saved at 10, I did not truly make Jesus Lord of my life until I was 25. I know that if I had been asked at 10, "Do you accept Christ as your Savior and Lord?" I most definitely would have responded with a yes. But, I really didn't have any concept of what it meant for Him to be Lord until I began to seek Him at 25. Of course, now I know that He is much better at being Lord than I ever was! Also, keeping our eyes upon Jesus has been central to my message for many years now. Won't it be so wonderful when we can do this in His presence!
 

ItIsFinished!

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Thank you brother for your words of encouragement. For me, though I was saved at 10, I did not truly make Jesus Lord of my life until I was 25. I know that if I had been asked at 10, "Do you accept Christ as your Savior and Lord?" I most definitely would have responded with a yes. But, I really didn't have any concept of what it meant for Him to be Lord until I began to seek Him at 25. Of course, now I know that He is much better at being Lord than I ever was! Also, keeping our eyes upon Jesus has been central to my message for many years now. Won't it be so wonderful when we can do this in His presence!
Absolutely!
Casting crowns and beholding The Lamb of God that was slain before the foundation of the world.
The One who purchased us with His shed blood .
The One who defeated death and gave NO victory to the grave.
The One who said,
It is finished!!!
Amen!!!
 
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