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My “Trail name” is 2Questions.....Here’s my story.....
With all trail names, there is usually a story to tell and mine is no different. I've had my name for almost 25 years.
Here is my story:
The rocky road of life, no pun intended, even though I live in the state of Pennsylvania, has taken its toll on my family. The rough road began with the divorce of my parents when I was seven years old. Their subsequent remarriages and all the issues that comes with that along with alcoholism and abuse from my stepfather made for tumultuous times. My mother divorced again. The loss of relationships with relatives on both sides of the family had left vacancies and voids that seemed impossible to replace. The feeling of being alone in the world was real and in my teenage years were very discouraging. Life seemed to exist with no purpose, no direction, no sustaining pleasure.
A time came when I realized I enjoyed being out of doors. It didn't matter what I was doing, just being "out" gave me enjoyment. One day while walking along the sidewalk, I was swept up into a Boy Scout paper drive that was taking place in our town. The large military truck stopped along the curb and a fellow yelled out the window, "Do you want to help?" It looked like a fun endeavor, so I hopped onto the truck. That was the beginning of my Boy Scout adventures which culminated six years later. During those years I attained the "Eagle" rank, attended a World Jamboree in Scandinavia , and developed a deep love for camping, hiking, and all things related.
With my life moving in a direction that filled some of my earlier vacancies, there was still an inner emptiness that remained. The larger question about my future always loomed in front of me. With no apparent answers on the radar screen, I usually thought things like "Maybe there isn't an answer to that. Maybe life is what you make it and nothing more. Maybe this feeling I have is common to everyone and no one really knows how to solve it."
An opportunity came when I was about seventeen to work at the Boy Scout camp just up the road. My kind of fun. I helped in the commissary providing the daily food ration to the campers. I loved that job! I was able to live in a tent all summer, swim in a lake, hang out with the guys, and play pranks on the "greenhorn" scouts! What more could you ask for?
It was also during these years another opportunity came my way. My mother, who was trying to find her own way in life, asked me to attend church with her one Sunday. Church? What is that all about I wondered. I remembered going once when I was four or five and maybe a few times after but never on any regular basis. I decided to humor Mom and went to church with her. It was at church that some of the questions about the "larger picture" of life were answered. I went to church with her several times and I began to understand what the Bible had to say concerning me. I realized that there is a God who not only cares what happens to me, but loves me, and desires to fill all the voids my rocky start in life had created.
I grew in the knowledge of the Lord and His working in me changed my outlook on many things. My typically foul language changed and an integrity from within I didn't have before immerged. Truly God does changes lives and I was no exception!
Years later I took a training class on how to share my experience with others. It was a fairly lengthy class but covered all the aspects necessary for one to communicate effectively with those asking some of the same questions I had. God has "good news" for the world and I was eager to help proclaim it.
The 2 Questions I learned to ask were these. They are truly life's most important questions.
"If you were to die today, are you 100% sure you would go to heaven and be with God for eternity?"
And the second question, "Suppose you were to die today and God were to ask you why He should admit you into His heaven, what would you say?"
I have asked those questions to thousands of folks and have had the privilege to share the "Good News" that the answers to the "2 Questions" can be known. There is reason to have great confidence in what the Bible says concerning our future, now and for eternity. Many have decided to place their trust in God, not only for their eternal destiny, but for the day to day issues of life. Nothing has been more rewarding than becoming a follower of Jesus Christ.
My name "2Questions" derived from this life change and the desire to see others understand what the Bible has to say about the plan for our present life and eternal future.
Thanks for reading and I hope you have answered these 2 questions for yourself. I also hope you have found the One who has the answers of life, now and for eternity.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:14-21