Happy Anniversary to a Life Reborn

September 1, 1987 was an amazing day in my life.

I was 17 years old and my life was an absolute wreck.  I literately had the clothes on my back, no money and I wasn’t sure where I was sleeping that evening.  I had burned just about every bridge and the kids I was hanging out with wanted me only for what I could do for them.

My back was against the wall and suicide, among other things, was a frequent consideration…my life was worthless, ruined, and I saw no way out.

That is until I heard the voice of God.

The amazing part is not that I heard his voice…he is the creator of the universe after all.  The amazing part is that I did not have a relationship with God at that time, let alone His son Jesus.  I was not raised in the church.  I did not go to church.  I had no idea whatsoever what it meant to be a follower of God.

But on that fateful morning…He CALLED me.  The message was…this is not my plan for you.  That was it…but a wave of peace and hope engulfed me and I KNEW something special had just happened. Most importantly, that very day, a monkey on my back was removed and I became a follower of God.

I’d like to say that everything else was perfectly aligned from that point on but as it most often is, life was complicated.  I still had mistakes to make, decisions to regret, people to disappoint…but I was WITH God…we were in relationship…everything about life was now just about refinement and sanctification because my PURPOSE in life had been defined.  I had been called and I was a follower of God.

Happy Anniversary to a life reborn – DM+

…who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 2 Timothy 1:9

Donna Matthews is a blog writer at the DJRanch where she strives to remain authentic while not taking herself too seriously. She is also the creator of Slay The Chaos (www.slaythechaos.com), where she writes about productivity and organization. She is a member of The Writers Guild and Write Space in Houston and is currently writing her first book.
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