The wonderful @JAllenWerner sent me this blog post, and you have to read it:…

It makes me think about my own story and how I wouldn’t change anything, not one page. My story is not about me, though; it’s a testament to the Author of everything. 1/n
As I’ve stated here before, I didn’t always believe in God. I became obsessed with reading about science and history in my teens and decided that religion was a human construct. We needed some sort of good god, I thought, to compel decent behavior and to endure suffering here.
In college, I read a quote from Thomas Jefferson that led me to reignite my search for something greater: "Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.”
And so I did. I read the Quran, intellectually dabbled in deism, and took a couple of religion classes.

I remained uncertain, though. I prayed even, but I still wavered and struggled with faith.

Fast forward to the 3Q13 earnings season. I’ve landed in the hospital with...
...CO2 narcosis, and it’s very serious. I then felt this urge to remove the mask that’s helping me breathe, and I start talking to my parents who are beside me.

Suddenly, I’m telling them why the Lord put me here; I explain my mission.

I felt this incredible energy and clarity
...until the door to my hospital room opened on its own and the moment was over.

I suddenly believed for real! The Lord is active in our lives! Amazing!

Fast forward two more years, and I’m lying in the same hospital with pneumonia. My most distant goal is to see the next hour
...on the clock. I remember telling God, "I’m ready to be with you if my mission is complete. If you’re not finished with me, though, I’ll fight. I’m willing, just don’t let me lie in this bed for months."

I had a vision of a ladder in the sky, and I tumbled down to the...
...last rung. Letting go meant death.

With the strength of my Savior, though, I climbed the ladder for weeks until I got home.

That summer, I was baptized. Jesus has been first in my life ever since then.
Why would I ever want to change a story like this?

Someone recently asked me how I learned to be content despite the cards that I’ve been dealt, as if I have been dealt 7 2 off-suit (the worst Texas Hold 'Em hand, statistically speaking).

The truth is that I was dealt Aces.
I mean, I spent five days a week in a library for years! How cool is that? I learned from a mental math expert for years! So amazing.

My family is truly the best. Like literally. I’ve never been hungry or cold. It’s been a happy life thus far, too. I’m totally serious.
I’ve caught 20+ lb fish and been out in the rain all night at the lake, laughing the whole time.

I’ve enjoyed races from a luxury box and college basketball games from the floor. I’ve been to the best University on earth, too: @SNHU. I don’t talk about SNHU enough.
I’ve also helped to build businesses on two continents and have been able to write Wall Street research and teach for the best University in the world.

If all this wasn’t enough, I’ve been blessed to live with a terminal illness for nearly thirty years... And then I received...
...treatment for it! For the first time in human history, SMA can be treated, and I have begun to heal.

When I look at my story, then, I don’t see an autobiography.

I see a testimony to the Author.

Who’s writing your story?


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16 Aug
Well folks, I think it’s time for me to bid everybody a fond Twitter adieu. I’ll be permanently deactivating this account tomorrow. It’s been a blessing to get to know everyone, but I’m not sure there’s a point to this account now. The reason why I created it... longer exists, and I can’t figure out a new one. Oddly enough, and despite all of the wonderful people I’ve met here, there’s always been an undercurrent of negativity for me. Recently, the negativity has worsened...Doubled really. I’ve been trying desperately to...
...escape it, but it follows me offline, too. I returned briefly earlier today, only to be met with the same difficulty yet again. This year gives no respite or restful pause to the weary! Instead, it torments us with unending horrors and then laughs at us when we beg for peace.
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