As you all know I have 3 sons; Chris – 24, Chase – 22 and Clay – 19. Through the years, they have all done things that would make a parent very proud. From sports accolades to good grades to exhibiting compassion for others, etc.  This morning I received an email from Chase with some “thoughts” he wanted to share that had me crying.  I was so touched by his words and the maturity with which he spoke. I just had to share!

 

1/2/2019

Author: Chase McCroskey

I am no writer! It is hard sometimes for me to take my thoughts and put them on paper. However, in the weeks leading up the end of 2018 I can’t help but think about the many blessings and answered prayers that I have received. 2018 started off a little rough because I had just came home from giving up a sport that was pretty much my entire life. I had no idea what I wanted to do or how things would turn out. My thoughts were “well I will just start working and making money and it will all just figure itself out”. As the year went on I found myself bouncing around from job to job, switching and working for many different people which quickly got old.  This was also during the time I decided that I wanted to live on my own with a roommate and be self sufficient.  After a couple months I quickly learned that I should have listened to my parents because I wasn’t quite ready.
As all of this went on it was weighing on me hard.  I found myself getting lazy and not getting out and working as hard as I do.  I would come home from work and sit in the chair for the rest of the day.  I also found myself struggling to get up and go to church on Sundays or read my bible and I feel sometimes that I struggle with staying in the word as really striving to learn more.  As summer approached I was sitting by myself at the house I was living in and I just felt like I wasn’t getting anywhere, like I was alone.  At that moment I decided to pray and just tell the lord that I was tired of trying to figure out what I do and that I was completely putting it in his hands.  I prayed and just said “ okay lord I am lost, I am tired of pushing away whatever your plans are for me. I’m ready to listen”.  It was at that moment the lord started doing a work in my life.

This is something that I have felt the Lord urging me to share for weeks so I just asked the lord to speak through me and put these words on paper.  The Lord does answer prayers.  Sometimes you might have to go through a time of struggle to get to the plans that the lord has, but I’ve learned to keep fighting and not give up.  In the last few months of 2018 I was hired as a firefighter for Gantt fire Department. A career where I have met some outstanding men who push me each and every day to be the best I can be. My mother was diagnosed with sarcoma cancer and we prayed that she would have a speedy recovery. A week ago she found out her surgery went well and is now cancer free.  He has also brought joy and happiness back into my life by leading me to a woman who is so amazing, encouraging and is always making me smile and laugh.

So I can’t help but reflect on how blessed I am. As this new year begins, my plans are to strive to be the best I can possibly be and not drift away from the lord , but strive to grow closer to him and be the man that my mother and father have raised me to be.

….. I am still crying…

 

5 Comments on WOW!!…..

  1. I have always been proud of all my grandkids. They have been such a blessing to us. To know that they are all Christians and love God is the greatest blessing of all. Chase don’t ever take your eyes off God and seek Him with all your heart and He will always be your guiding light. Papa Mike

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