Eighteen years ago today (tonight to be more precise) I surrendered my life to Jesus.

I gave up the fight to do this thing called life on my own, surrendered to Him in hopes of being free from the affects of alcohol, from the bitterness and anger in my heart, the pain of my own sins that weighed me down . . .Titus 3:3-8 came alive.

“At one time we (I) too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We (I) lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us (me), not because of righteous things we (I) had done, but because of his mercy. He saved (me) us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on (me) us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we (I) might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.”

Don’t you just love the word, “But?” Do you see the turning point? Do you see the personalization? It was for you. For me. For us. All of us . . . regardless of your race, gender, nationality . . . . or even political party! It was for the ones who grew up in church and lived a sheltered life. It was for liars, cheaters, thieves  . . . it was for the drug addicts, rapist, and murderers. And while I know that is hard to comprehend and some reading this might be dealing with hatred and bitterness in your hearts because you have been on the other end of some of these traits, but God’s grace is for everyone.

Only God can change a life.

Only God can take a mess and make it a message.

Only God can take a test and give you a testimony. 

If you don’t have a turning point in your life, one that offers you hope, peace, joy . . . eternal life . . .  you have the opportunity today to make this happen. You see we are not promised tomorrow . . . goodness we aren’t promised the rest of the day . . . as long as there is breath, there is hope . . . but once you take your last breath . . .  the hope for a new life . . .  is gone.