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Joshua Morales

Modern Day Jonah

All of my life God has sought me out, and all of my life I’ve been running. To what, you might ask? I was never sure, not until I stopped running. I am a preacher’s kid, so I saw the ins and outs of the ministry. My parents were never home, because they were at our church, I was forced to go to church against my will, but I was taught about how God gives us free will. Growing up, I thought it was all a big sham. A show people put on to make themselves look good. I just wanted out of it as quick as I could.

That being said, I worked at The Salvation Army’s camp Swoneky in 2003 as a dishwasher, and that was a summer I’ll never forget. One night at a worship meeting, after the sermon was preached, we were singing a song called “Amazing Love”. During this song, I saw a staff kid, who was only 7, raising his hands, crying, and giving his all to Christ. I decided on that day that I wanted to love this God as much as he does. If he can worship God with his all, why can’t I?

After I made that commitment to Christ, I’ve definitely not been perfect, but I have been forgiven. I’ve stumbled along the way, but by his strength I’ve gotten back up. As I’ve grown closer to God, I want to spend more time with him. When someone loves me enough to send their only son to die for me, the least I can do is give my life to him. God has turned me from a lying, drinking, fake, user of persons to a man striving to love him more every day. John Wooden said, “Perfection is impossible, striving for perfection is not.” I’m striving.