Personal Testimony of Larry J. Keiger
Growing up as a child, my concept of God was built around keeping the Ten Commandments that I learned about in church and the Golden Rule "Doing to others as you would have them do to you." I figured this would keep me on good terms with God and I would have as good a chance of going to heaven as anyone else, maybe even better if I was real good.
As I became an adult, with adult desires and interests, my values started to change. Entering the military and going to war exposed me to people and things that turned me against God. I started to become not so good anymore. "Eat, drink and be merry" was the philosophy I began to live by.
After getting married and having the responsibilities and stress of a growing family and job, I began questioning the purpose of life.
In searching for meaning and purpose, I began to party more, frequenting one
bar in particular. There was a picture on the wall of a field of wheat,
cut and being harvested by hand. Some workers were bent over picking up
the wheat, some were stacking it. There was an inscription under the
which struck me as being odd, being located in a smoke-filled rowdy bar. It was a question... "What do you sow? What do you reap?" I knew this was taken from the Bible, where the answer is found in Galatians 6:7-8. I became under conviction that what I was sowing and reaping was wrong and making me a person I didn't want to be.
My boss and best friend David became a committed Christian. Committed to following Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible. Only with God's Spirit within us could we live by His goodness. The goodness we were trying to live by as kids.
I didn't think I could change. After years of searching and doubting I stepped out in faith and asked Jesus into my life. I asked Him to forgive me of the wrongs I had done and to make Himself real to me. He did! His Spirit came into my life and showed me that the real purpose in life is to live for Him and with Him forever.
After over 30 years of marriage and the trials my family and I have gone through, I could never deny the reality of His presence in my life and His help in times of trouble.
Larry J. Keiger
Grey Enterprises, Inc.