When I was twenty years old I walked into my DUI school because of the choices that I had made and where they landed me. That morning I had a meeting with the teacher of my class so I had to show up early. During the meeting the teacher asked me about my drug use, my alcohol consumption and how I ended up where I was. I was very open with the teacher and at the end of the session he looked me in the eyes and said this: "I'm not supposed to give you my personal opinion but I want you to know if you continue to do what you have done you will be dead in five years." Those words have rattled in my brain for the last eleven years. See I never imagined that when I was invited to smoke pot when I was thirteen that I would end up here.
After our meeting I went to my regular class and in that class there was a man named Brett Wheeler who spoke openly about his walk with Christ and his involvement in church. He admitted that he had messed up and there was something different about this man. I knew that I needed to talk to him. See I had just been released from jail five days prior for another alcohol related incident and I was hurting more than I had ever hurt before. My life was shaken to the core and I had no clue what I believed anymore.
As we were leaving class I wanted so badly to ask Brett to take me to church with him but I was scared to ask him. That morning, when we walked out of the classroom doors, Brett turned around and invited me to church with him. I was about to decline when he looked me in the eyes and said these words: "Neal if you don't stop what you have been doing you will be dead in five years."That was too much for me to hear that in such a short period of time.
That day I gave Brett my number and he not only invited me to church but he drove about forty minutes to pick me up and then forty minutes back to church. Then he also gave me a ride home! Brett modeled what it means to invite someone to church and then follow through with that. I have to say that I am not sure where I would be today if he had not invited me to church that day...