Until recently, I thought a childhood that included an introduction to Jesus seemed normal in America. More often than not, individuals stray from a childhood relationship with Christ. Perhaps we stray in High School or College with poor decisions. Sometimes that straying is a conscious decision to pull away from God as a result of a life event. In nearly every case, it’s a result of the enemy meddling in our thoughts and with our hearts.
It becomes a crooked path from Christ, away from Christ, and hopefully back to Christ.
In the book “Saving Me From Myself” by Brian “Head” Welch, the reader is taken through a biographical example of how a child accepts the gift of salvation and then crumples under the snare of Satan. The story of Brian, as the former lead guitarist for the metal band Korn, is fascinating from several levels. It shows the long-term impact of evangelism. It illustrates the persistence of the enemy. It demonstrates how far we can veer from a righteous path. It shows the absolute beauty of grace and redemption.
I read this book, cover-to-cover, in one night. It was a story that kept me turning pages into the wee hours of the night…long after my typical bedtime. My fascination with Brian’s story was driven by his return to Christ. Our God loves us through thick and thin. He loves us when we are disobedient. He loves us when we make horrible decisions. He loves us when we return.
Each of us has a story of the enemy trying to impact our lives. Each of us has an even better story of that grace and redemption. Brian chose to share his story very publicly through total life style changes, through quitting the band, and by publishing multiple books.
Some thoughts to ponder:
- What is your story?
- How has the enemy meddled in your life?
- How have you persevered in your walk with Christ?
- Who are you telling as an example of God working in your life?
Remember that no matter what your story is and how you’ve traveled…God loves you. Your crooked path has a chance at redemption.
“In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” ~Ephesians 1:7