God wrote a scroll of remembrance to distinguish between those who served Him and those who didnot. Every act of faithful service, encouraging word and sacrifice was placed by God as a witness to theuniverse that I am His treasured possession. Even my tears were recorded in His scroll (Mal. 3:16-18;Ps. 56:8).
Here’s my story, tears and all.
Maybe you’re like me. As a child, I was o
ften bored in Sunday school. There were so many Bible stories with no apparent meaning or relevance to my life. Sure, some stories had action and cool characters,such as the story about a teenager named David who became a hero by killing a giant named Goliath...or the one about an uncommon twenty-something named Daniel and his three friends who, on hearing
the king’s orders made the decision to ignore the royal command and ended up in a lion’s den (not to
mention a fiery furnace!) (Daniel 3:6).But what was the point and how did the stories relate to me? As I grew older, I began to realize some of the truths expressed in those stories. Still, Bible stories did not capture my attention the way TV showsand movies grabbed my attention and drew me in.Then I headed for college, and something horrible happened. I suffered the humiliation of being de-pledged from a fraternity. Huge rejection! I was an Engineering major
not too cool socially (this was before the movie
Revenge of the Nerds,
made being a geek
and a nerd cool...). I didn’t seem to
measure up in the eyes of the other students and I felt betrayed.Starting over socially was scary. But God orchestrated my steps so that I crossed paths with some guysand gals who were Christians. They loved me unconditionally. And, I noticed something else. They had
what I was seeking in the fraternity but didn’t find –
relationships, not only with each other, but withGod. Their relationships were real, personal and appealing. My relationship with these new friends
helped me grow. They spent time with me at meals, taught me God’s word in small group Bible studies
and encouraged me in my walk with God.My social life got much better. Still, I felt something was missing. I began to re-
learn and study what I’d
been taught as a child and yet I continued to feel that all the pieces did not fit. It was difficult to mesh world history with Biblical history and make the passages I was reading relate to my life. As I grew older, began a career, married, started a family and became more involved in ministry, I discovered thatothers had encountered the same kind of religious disconnect. We all wondered what to do next aftertaking the first steps (or at least considering them) toward belief and faith in God and in Christ. Andthis, in a nutshell, is why I developed
Connecting Points for Real Life,
this resource, and
Connecting Your Life to God’s Story
which continues the process in connecting to Christ through the whole Bible.