There is certainly a wide variety of things that have occured in our lives that are memorable. We remember fondly so many things.....I remember being in the delivery room assisting on the natural childbirth of my middle daughter, Natalee, and all the amazing things that went on as she made her grand entrance. I remember going to my first baseball game with my Mom and catching a foul pop, landing on the beach in the Mekong Delta in Viet Nam, and how I felt when that moment came that I realized I needed to give my life to the Lord.
How about you, do you want to share some in response to this week's blog? Well we have some news to share with you about an awesome memorable moment that happened this past Sunday. Ralph Morris, who we have been working with at ATB, and who has come to us as a result of Joanne's persistence and love, was baptized during our first service. There is no greater honor that we have than being able to share our faith with someone else and to watch that message of Good News take root in another.
Ralph's life has been a hard road to travel, part of it spent on a chain gang, most of it spent in a living hell. But during his time at Campus, people like Freeman and his wife Catherine, Jim and Becky Combee, Todd Pate and several others have taken him under their wing and spread that news to him that Jesus can change the landscape quickly. Each of them took a genuine interest in making a difference.
Later on that day, when I picked up my Grandson Logan from his class, the teacher told me that he had volunteered to lead the prayer for children's worship. Again, to me, there is no greater honor than teaching a child about God and what can sustain them for a lifetime. What a day it was to understand what is really important.
Tomorrow, we will all go to work, earn our keep, crack a few jokes, think of some new and creative things, but when it is all said and done, our greatest honor and most memorable moments will come from serving the God who saved us and the one who is mighty proud of Ralph and Logan this evening!
As I took Ralph's testimony his voice cracked and you could see the emotion, you could see that this was that special defining moment for him. That night as I said goodnight prayers with Logan, he held my arm and wouldn't let go, and I could understand that this child was going to be something special for God. For me, this day was a message from our Lord, that no matter where you go, how you travel, or where you spend most of your time, the absolute best time spent, is in the honor and service of our amazing God. The dividends are truly amazing.
Sunday was a day I will never forget!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.