A SEVERE INJURY GOT MY ATTENTION BACK ON THE THE LORD!

Jesus Did It!

By: Jimmy Evans

I grew up in a Christian home, attending church and hearing about God all my life.  At seven, I became a Christian.  I was active in church until my senior year of high school.  When I took a job at a local go-cart track, I usually worked late hours on Saturday evening, which caused me to start the habit of missing church the next morning.  In college, I took a path of having fun rather than living for God.  I had all but forgotten my spiritual commitment.  

On October 2, 1982, a group of friends and I were coming home from the Winnie, Texas Rice Festival, when a drunk driver struck our van, clipping off our left front wheel.  The van flipped end-over-end.  Two of us were thrown from the van.  The other person was not injured, but my injuries were severe.  The most serious were two crushed vertebra.  My parents were out of town at the time, and the doctors advised them to get to the hospital quickly as I was not expected to live through the night.  When my parents arrived, the doctors told them if I did live, I would never walk again.  My parents did the only thing they could do; they prayed, asking their friends to pray too.  My condition began to stabilize. 

During my hospital stay, I prayed and sang to God around the clock.  I had to hit rock bottom before I realized my need for God.  I cried out to the Lord for my healing, and He heard my prayer.

After my stay in the hospital, I was sent to a rehabilitation center to learn how to walk again.  If the physical therapist asked me to do a certain exercise fifty times, I would do it one hundred times.  “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles,”  Matthew 5:41 reads.  I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity God had given me to totally depend on Him.  Today, even though I walk with a slight limp, I am grateful for my recovery – physically and spiritually.

Shepherd’s have an interesting way of handling wayward sheep.  If seems there is always one stubborn sheep that wants to wander off.  The shepherd will leave the flock to find and bring the one wayward sheep home.  If the sheep continues to wander, the shepherd will actually break its leg.  The shepherd will then carry the sheep on his shoulder until its leg is healed.  During this time, he feeds and cares for the sheep.  The sheep becomes one hundred percent dependent on the shepherd.

After that, the sheep never leaves the shepherd’s side again.  What appeared at first to be a cruel act was actually very loving.  If the shepherd had not disciplined the sheep, its wandering could have destroyed it.  God lovingly disciplined me to bring me back to Him.  I am thankful to my Savior, Jesus, for my salvation.

In talking to others about my faith, I have discovered there are many Christians who do not read God’s Word daily.  I made a personal commitment not to leave my house without reading at least one Bible verse.  I schedule my time in the Word everyday so I can be equipped for whatever comes my way that day. 

For most of my Christian life, reading God’s Word daily was not a habit.  Now, I keep the Bible on my kitchen table as a reminder to read it every morning.  I like to challenge people to read the Word by asking them, “Would you leave your house without eating breakfast?”  Then I follow with, “Why would you leave without feeding yourself spiritually?  Daily Bible reading will equip you to face the day.”

How do you live as a Christian?  Read God’s Word everyday, and then obey what you read. 

Nine years ago (as of 2011), I noticed an empty stand at the front door of the Country Junction Truck Stop in Wesson, Mississippi.  I inquired about the stand, and was told it was owned by a Christian newspaper, but had not been serviced in months.  I had always wanted to give away tapes and CD’s at a truck stop, so I asked if I could use the stand and they said it would be fine.  Because of procrastination and busyness, it took me months to get ready.  One Friday, I felt impressed by God to go by the truck stop that day.  I disobeyed and did not go.  (I know everyone reading this has never disobeyed God.)  Instead of obeying God right away, all the way, and with a happy heart, I ignored His prompting.  I told myself I would go Monday.

The next Monday morning, I finally showed up at the truck stop with my first batch of tapes and CD’s, but the stand was nowhere to be found.  I was told the owner didn’t believe I would ever come back, so she had thrown it out on Friday.  Frustrated with myself, I asked if I could search for the stand.  While looking, I prayed and confessed my disobedience.  Finally, I located the stand next to the dumpster.  Praise God!  He had given me another chance.

After placing the lost stand in a spot near the front door of the truck stop, I left forty-five tapes and eight CD’s.  After seven months, 3,400 messages had been left on the stand.  The next year, over 13,000.  The truck stop stand now averages over 25,000 messages a year.  In nine years, God has grown the ministry to giving away over 200,000 messages. 

People love to hear what God has done in someone else’s life.  It has been said the greatest miracle you and I will ever see is not the Red Sea parting, but how God transforms someone’s life.  Jesus takes a Saul, and turns him into a Paul.  Even though they try, an atheist cannot deny what God has done in your life. 

In conclusion, first make Jesus once and for all, the Lord of your life:  Pray Psalm 51.  Read the Gospel of John, and check out:  needgod.com   

Secondly, grow spiritually:  Read God’s Word everyday, and obey what you read.

Next, ask God to use you to make a difference in His Kingdom.  Help others.  Volunteer at church.  Be a giver - not just a taker.

Lastly, pray God will use you to share Christ with others:  Give out Gospel tracts and CD’s.  Bring people to church.  Study the Bible with others.

Resource information:

I receive many of my testimonies from www.firefighters.org.  In passing them out, I have had a line of people form to receive them.  For great tracts, go to Ray Comfort’s website, www.livingwaters.com.  Another great tool in learning one-on-one witnessing is www.sharejesuswithoutfear.org.  To learn how to disciple someone, check out Operation Multiplication at www.ieaom.org.

Recently, I started a daily Bible text ministry.   If you are interested in receiving them, text:  dailyword to 601-896-5289.  If at some point you want to stop receiving the Daily Word, text stop at any time.  On Facebook, join by searching for:  Daily Word 4 You, and click “like.”  If you would like the Daily Word 4 You in the form of an email, subscribe at dailyword4you@mail.com

Pray – “God, make my life count.  Use me for your kingdom.  Amen.”


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