Happy Birthday to…

Today is my spiritual birthday.

February 19th, 1973, was President’s Day. I didn’t have to go to any classes that morning. The first thing I thought of when I woke up was, “Why am I fighting it? If Jesus said He died for my sins, then I should just accept that.”

So, I got down on my knees and thanked Jesus for forgiving my sins. I could not think of anything else to pray, so I stood up, pulled my suitcase out of the closet and got my Bible out of it to start reading. I opened the Bible and read in Mark 8:38:

“If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Naturally, I keep coming back to that verse. It means more to me today than it did the first time I read it. I believe this verse has strengthened me over time to not be afraid to share my faith.

In the first few weeks of being a Christian I read the Bible a lot and also Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. I was like a sponge and thirsty for the truth. If you haven’t read Mere Christianity yet, it’s on my “must read” list.

(The photo is the only one I could find today from my college years. This was taken on a camping trip in Arizona.)

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