Did you ever hear the one about the Canadian and the American that went into a coffee shop? It sounds like a joke, but it is actually the story of how I came to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
In 2010, my wife and I were looking to move near family and friends. We were living in another state at that time, and while our home was three hours away, we longed to be only minutes from our loved ones. Plus, my wife had just given birth to our first child, and I wanted my daughter to have the experience of growing up with her grandmothers. It is an experience I never had as a child.
It was at this time that I was working as a television news producer, and while it was a great job with great people, I wanted to do something else for my community, state, and country. However, I did not know what I wanted exactly, and I had trouble finding a job suitable for a person with my work experience and growing family’s needs.
At the suggestion of a relative, I submitted a cover letter and resume to AFA letting them know that I was interested in working in news. It was not long before the news director, a Canadian, called to ask about my interests and goals. It was through that initial conversation, followed by a face-to-face conversation at a coffee shop that he confronted me with the biggest question of all time: Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior?
Honestly, I could not say that I did know Jesus. I grew up in church and participated in various things, but I never took it seriously. Between the ages of 18 and 28, I probably attended church only a few times and I had never read the Bible in its entirety. That’s not to say that attending church and knowing Genesis to Revelation is a requirement for salvation. We’re not saved by works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
The news director ended our conversation after his question, saying that salvation was something that had to be settled in my heart. I thought about it all three hours back to my then-home, and it lingered in my mind for several days. Finally, on a Tuesday morning in Spring 2010, I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me of my sins and be my Lord and Savior. It was the best decision I ever made, and this August will mark five years since I was offered a job at this ministry.
If you are a dad and you are reading this message, share your salvation story with someone today. It does not have to be a dad, but fathers are the spiritual leaders of the home and the mission statement for One Million Dads is ‘Lead or others will.’ Be a leader. Lead someone to Christ.