I am 14 years old, and I have escaped death more than once.

When I was four or five years old, I was at home with my family. My sister, Michele, and I were messing around wrestling. My brother was two and he didn't like that we were wrestling. He was on the kitchen counter and he threw a toy car at me. It hit me in the forehead. My mom just told me to take my hand off my head. I seemed to be fine, but when I took my hand off, blood shot straight out of my head like a water fountain.

My sister dialed 911 and told them what had happened. There were no ambulances available, so they sent a fire truck instead. The fire truck got to our house and asked me if I wanted to go to the hospital. I didn't want to. I have had a scar on my forehead ever since.

Another time, I was playing hockey with my brother, Kaleb, and a friend. We only had two hockey sticks, so my friend had to use a golf club instead. He went to pass to Kaleb and he swung high and hit me by my eye.

I had my toe webbing torn off one time when I jumped off of a lawn chair into the pool. The lawn chair fell in and my toe landed on the back of it and it tore. It hurt at first. I looked at it, and I only had one or two pieces of skin left until it got my bone. I didn't want to get stitches, so I waited for it to heal.

I have had a lot of things happen in my life, but God has saved me every single time. I could have died, but I am alive. I am very blessed to have a family like mine. I have been brought up in a Christian home. My parents are both very good Christians. My dad is an elder and my mom is a dance leader.

I have gone to the same church, and I have always gone to church. I have never drank alcohol, smoked, had sex, or cursed in my life. It is hard to stay like this, but I have done it so far. I will never smoke, drink, or curse in my life. I will always Say No.

Just like I had a choice to make, you have a choice to make. I CHOSE to say no to smoking, drinking, cursing, and sex. I CHOSE life over death by choosing Jesus Christ.

-- Josiah

Real Life God Stories - Chapter 4