I grew up going to church at an early age, but I never felt any connection with God. I knew of God, but I didn't really know God. Around the age of 14 or 15, my parents quit taking me to church and left the responsbility of going to me, but I didn't connect with God. Then, years later, I looked in the mirror and thought, “Who are you, and who are you becoming?” I realized I didn’t like what I saw.
A couple of days went by and I noticed a Bible on the nightstand. I had kept it there for years, but it was like a hotel Bible that was always there and you would look at it, but never do anything with it. After resisting reading it for a couple of weeks, I suddenly had an insatiable hunger — as if I hadn't eaten all day — for God's Word.
"I had a hole in my heart and knew the only thing that could satisfy it was Jesus."
I started from the beginning and read until the end — from Genesis to Revelation. It was like spiritual food. I had a hole in my heart and knew the only thing that could satisfy it was Jesus. As I read the Bible, I saw all the stories and parables unfold and was amazed at what I had seen and read. God changed my life and gave me a hunger I had never known.
As I grew in my relationship with Christ, I prayed God would use me for His glory. He placed me in a job where I have been able to share the Gospel and God's love. He constantly puts people in my path who I can tell about God's love and people who help guide me in my Christian walk. He has blessed my wife and me in huge ways and taught us that His blessings have no boundaries, if we are willing to show full faith in Him.
I am personally living proof that God changes lives.
— John Williams, Pinelake Reservoir