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My Story

While a high school sophomore back in Minnesota, I began to struggle with myself inside. I was hoping that there was something more to life than just existing and getting by from day to day. You see, I had all the things that the world considers important: I was a good student that didn’t get into trouble, I lived in the “right” part of town,was a successful athlete with my name and pictures in the paper all the time, and my parents provided me with lots of opportunities to travel and experience new things. But deep down inside my heart, I had to admit that I hurt, that I was really lonely and that I was not content. These “things” that the world says we need only offered me temporary satisfaction and happiness. Sure enough, someone else comes along who’s a better student, or lives in a bigger and better house, and the next day’s newspaper always has a new hero.

My life was filled with “things”, but inside I was really empty. There was turmoil inside and I knew something was missing. It was then that I began to notice that some of my cross-country skiing teammates had something really unique. There was not this inward struggle that I was dealing with amidst of the chaos of high school. There was a real sense of joy and contentment in their lives that extended beyond their day to day circumstances. I said to myself, “I want what they’ve got!”

Well those special friends of mine shared with me that it was their own personal relationship with Jesus Christ that gave them that inner peace and contentment. Back on a cold and snowy February night in 1977, I accepted God’s gift of eternal salvation, and turned over control of my life to Jesus Christ. God showed me that no matter how great I was in the world’s eyes, I was a sinner and that on my own I was destined for hell, not heaven. God showed His forgiveness for me through the death of His Son, Jesus.

John 3:16-17

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

That’s the night that I realized things cannot fill the void that God has created in me for Himself. I wrote something down that night that I still have with me – in the front of my Bible – The most important thing in my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ. Christ makes my life meaningful today, because He is my life. Everything in my life attempts to revolve around God: His direction for me, His discipline for me, His love for me, His plans for my growth, etc.

My life goal is in found in 1 Chronicles 28:9:

And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the Lord searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

For me, I just want to know God more intimately and abide more completely with Him each day!



Do you have a story about how Christ rescued you from your own personal sin?

Answer this question honestly (God already knows the answer J) If you do not have a

testimony or are having doubts, contact any of the writer’s and they will be more than happy to share with you. If God has already “gotten a hold of you” and you have accepted His gift of salvation, think back to that moment and thank God for what He did by sending His Son to die for you personally.

The following link is a great explanation of how to come to know God personally.

Would You Like to Know God Personally?

(This link will take you away from the Heart's Unleashed website.)


Read one or both articles below about how to tell YOUR OWN story. (Don’t let the

word “testimony” scare you. Just think of it as your story.) After reading, create an outline of

your testimony.

Preparing Your Personal Testimony

(This link will take you away from the Heart's Unleashed website.)

Your Story is God’s Story: Creating Your Testimony

(This link will take you away from the Heart's Unleashed website.)


Complete the writing of your testimony. Don’t worry about how it sounds or if it is grammatically correct – just write it out. It can always be refined later. After writing your

testimony, share it online in the blog.

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