A Brief History of 'Christian' Justin
I'm a Christian by faith and unashamedly call Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. But I wasn't always a believer.
It was in my first year of college that my life hit rock bottom and everything changed... for the better. It was at that time in 2008 that the journey of my life really began and ever since then I've come a very long way in my own faith journey—from new discipline to volunteer leader at local churches to starting my very own church.
My Life Scripture
My life scripture is from Luke 12:48: "From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded." That pretty much sums up my every motivation and drive here on this side of eternity.
Songs that have meant a lot to me in my life are in this Spotify playlist. My favorite song of all time, however, is easily "As The Deer" by Salvador.
Music is such a gift from God and every time I playback my favorite anthems, it makes me feel alive, reminds me of my life purpose, encourages me to press on when the going gets tough, and fills me with hope, joy, and inspiration.
It doesn't matter how you may have started, what matters is how you'll end.
Before Christ, I was selfish. Thoughts of other people never even crossed my mind to be honest. But when my life took a tumble and I finally had to get to the end of myself, Christ showed up. He picked me up when I deserved it least, and He gave me a new perspective. And as I started looking through His eyes, my life began exploding in divine proportions.
Rather than simply going through the motions, I began to live purpose-driven and intentionally. God totally rewired my brain. There’s so much more to life now.
With His help, I made the decision to not waste one more day. I see now, that every day is a gift from God. Every day I get to go to work; I get to breathe clean, fresh air; I get to eat and sleep; talk, laugh, and even cry. I get to do so much.
So now I give of my life. And I don’t give to get. I give because I’ve got.
As backwards as the world may see me now, I am living the most joyful and fulfilling life that I could have ever imagined. It’s so worth it. I’m never going back.
I'm not here today to tell you that I understand your pain, because:
- I don't know how it feels to be abused.
- I don't know how it feels to be deeply depressed.
- or to feel "fat".
- I don’t know how it feels to have struggled with alcohol, drugs, or sex.
- I don't know how it feels to have a broken home.
I don't know how it feels.
But I know how it feels to have a broken heart. And I know how it feels to be alone.
And I want you to know that I've found my strength in Jesus Christ. And I don't know what's in your own past, but I want you to know that it's not the end.
Today can be the first day of the rest of your life.
It's not the end until you've given up. And just the fact that you're here should persuade you that you have another chance to get back up.
Are you not still here? You're still here.
You have a choice to give up or to get up. So get back up. And this time, you don't have to do it alone, because on your own, there is no reason to get back up. But we need you.
Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Every great adventure starts with a single step.
So why am I here? To tell you this: That I love you. That everything is going to be okay.
Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
It doesn't matter how you may have started.
It matters how you're going to finish.