During my early teen years, my best friend and I continued in the church choir and youth groups. During these growing-up years I always felt God had a direct interest in me and was part of my life, and I tried to live in a way that was pleasing to him. I would cringe when I heard swearing and blasphemy. [My Dad, being an old Navy man, had quite explicit language]
My early adult life saw me slipping away from church attendance, although I would ask Pauline to say a prayer for me when she took the kids to church. However, I continued to pray daily and always felt close to God. I would often say “Someone up there is watching out for me”.
Billy Graham held a Crusade in Edmonton in 1980, and Pauline and I both went forward and I again publicly accepted Jesus into my life. After this event, my life changed in many small outward ways as God influenced me to give up my hockey tickets in lieu of attending a Home Fellowship [Life Group]. He also changed my giving to tithing, and directed me to be a Christian witness to my employees at work. I am confident that a number of them became believers through my influence.
Now I seek God’s guidance for ways in which to witness to my tennis buddies, which is an uphill battle as a few are declared atheists. I realize this is God’s department, and He’ll give me the words to say - if anything.
As a father, raising a family, I always leaned on Proverbs 22:6, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.”