This week I am celebrating one year married to Vania, the love of my life. As some of you know I gave my life to Jesus when I was 15 and He rescued me and saved me. When I was 14 I had a girlfriend but I had made arrangements with another girl that she was going to be my girlfriend when I broke up with my current girlfriend. Lucky me yet another girl liked me and I agreed that after I broke up with the girl after the girl I was currently dating I would be his boyfriend. Obviously I wasn’t cheating because everything was legit and I was following proper orders and rules.
I was just “planning ahead.” Just like today you sign prenuptial agreements, or already arrange your divorce papers before even getting married “just in case” I too was already making my plans as well in case things “didn’t work out”. I know in today’s world that would be the everyday jerks that have flooded our school system, but in Mexico, a place where family and relationships are so important I was considered a total player! A jerk! To make things even worst, I was cheating on school and I got caught. I flunk my junior year in high school!
Things changed a lot, next year 9/11 happened and for the first time I started asking myself about death and eternity. Over 7,000 Americans left home but never came back. I started wondering about Hell, and how we were all sinners in the eyes of God. I knew what each one of us knows deep within ourselves: That we tend to always be selfish, self-centered, inconsiderate and sometimes even outright evil.
We are always behind to be doing what we are supposed to. We are imperfect human beings who like to lie, exaggerate, cheat, step over other people as long as we succeed, willing to throw away many things or even or spouse or kids just to have more money for ourselves. We have a short term mentality. Who cares about what happens when you die, just do whatever the f… you want with your life today! Even our generous gestures are selfish. We do good to feel good about ourselves, to bribe about our deeds or just to write off our taxes.
But God’s love story isn’t to condemn us. But rather to save us and make us beautiful creatures! See, God came to call each and every one of us to repentance, to serve Him and to love Him. Not out of fear, but rather from acknowledging that we need Him. That without Him we are making fools out of ourselves. Pretending that everything is ok when it isn’t. God has power! Power to restore, fix and heal wounds!
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I gave my life to God and He changed me from being a player who played with every girl’s feeling that was around me for someone who didn’t date anyone for 10 years because I repented of what I was doing and I asked God to make me not treat girls like disposable wipes. “You use one this month and one next month. Use it while it’s pretty and shiny.” He made me responsible. He has taken care of every day of my life. But above everything else He has allowed me to enjoy life knowing that everything in this world is temporary. That Heaven, my home, is waiting for me!
I have an incredible marriage, Vania looks at me like if I was perfect, like if I have never made any mistake, like if I was the coolest, smartest, most handsome guy in the world. I always saw myself as the dumb Mexican who invested his parents money in the stock market on of the most stupid stocks anybody could invest to leave his parents without retirement, short, fat, ugly, etc. Then suddenly God reveals Himself to me through my wife. He gives me the girl of my dreams. The one I never thought I could get!
God looks at us the same way: special, talented, unique, pretty. He loves us so much that He decided it was worth to send His Son Jesus to die for us! And we think we could never get so lucky to deserve God’s love or attention. Maybe we could find some love on a one night stand, a wife, a son or a dog, but NEVER FROM GOD. Those are our thoughts. But men, they are so wrong! God loves you today! He wants to be part of your life today! He wants to walk with you every day! You are precious in his sight and he wants to spend eternity with you!
Would you ask Him into your life today with a sincere heart? Would you ask Him to take control of your life? Would you ask Him the gift of eternal life? Pray: “Dear Jesus, come into my life and save me! I need you, I want you and I desperately need you! I am lost without You because no matter how successful I can be on this earth, everything is temporary, but only you are eternal. Please forgive me of my sins. I trust in you to be my Savior and to give me eternal life. From now on I will pray to you and make you part of my life. Make great things in me. Amen”