What a difference Jesus makes in a life. I have a reminder of that often when I check my Facebook. One of my FB friends is someone I used to hang out and party with when I was a teen. We both had family problems growing up and were looking for escape. But out lives took very different paths.
My therapist one time said to me, “You did not become a statistic. People who go through what you did growing up often become drug addicts, alcoholics, in prison or dead. You are not only a survivor. You are a victor.”
I give all of the credit to Jesus and how he has worked in my life. He has given my life meaning and purpose. He has blessed me with sharing his love with people from all over the world. He has blessed me to be able to become a teacher and in part-time ministry.
When I see my friend from years ago post on FB, I am saddened by what his life has been and become. He still struggles with escaping through alcohol and has not changed much over the years. He has never had a career. He is stuck in the condition we were both in as teens,
When I see his posts, the phrase ‘there but by the grace of God go I’ comes to mind. It is only by God’s grace and mercy that my path in life has taken a different course. I am so thankful for the difference Jesus has made in my life and the path he has led me on.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
30 thoughts on “Two Friends As Teens/Two Different Paths In Life”
Praise God for what only he can do.
Amen! Thank God for the path you chose! Narrow is the gate, my friend. We are blessed to choose the path. Oh how I chose the wrong ones got a bit! But for the grace of God! Prayers, brother!
The path of Jesus is the path to choose for sure
Amen! Praying always!
Praise God for His mercy, grace, and offer of salvation through Jesus!! I was on the wrong road (due to complex childhood trauma) for most of my teen years and a few years into my twenties but thank God my attention was grabbed and directed to Him!!!!
Praying for your friend, everyday he breathes there’s still hope for his salvation.
True there is still hope for him to come to Jesus
I am proud of you for how you have sought Jesus and received healing
Still a work in progress but progress is better than regress
Blessed be the name of the Lord 🙏
Amen. How are you?
Blessed of the Lord Dad.
🙂 🙂 🙂
Sending you a papa a hug
I appreciate it and feel the love 😘. Receive a daughterly love back my papa.
Amen! God is so good to us. I shudder to think of where my life would be without Him.
I do not want to think about where I would be without Jesus
Glory to our mighty loving God! He changes us. Thank you for sharing your story to us and inspiring us with the power of God to change us and make us new. True, every good we have in us is only by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Take care, brother Matt.
If anyone be in Christ they are a new creation 🙂
What a difference Jesus makes in our lives. I’m very thankful you are a victor, Big Brother!
Thank you little sister. How are you?
You are welcome. All is well. 🙂Have a great weekend!
God’s amazing grace and mercy makes a difference in each of our lives. He leaves the 99 sheep in the pen and goes and seeks the lost sheep. May your old friend come to know his loving Father!
Amen- it would be wonderful to see him come to Jesus
God does not want one to be lost. Agree with you for your friend’s salvation!
You’re a picture of God’s amazing grace. And thank you for sharing His grace with so many others. Blessings, Matt!
Thank you Patty. Have a blessed weekend 🙂
And you as well.