Laying Down Pride - Colby Robinson
My name is Colby Robinson and this is my story:
"When I was in the fifth grade, my family and I joined Henderson Hills and it changed us. I grew to love church again, which before church was just something we did. We went through the steps of joining this church by understanding the Truth and being baptized. On Mother’s day, we as a family got baptized and it was a great moment for us, but I had no real understanding of this practice in scripture.
February 2nd, 2002 I got brought to church kicking and screaming. I sat on the old green shag carpet with my arms crossed and wanted nothing to do with God, but God had a plan for me! That night was the most radical night of my spiritual life. God placed His hand on me and restored my life. I found life in Him and a joy that could not be explained. I had a Savior that loved me regardless of my faults.
God called me to ministry when I was a sophomore in high school. I didn’t know how that all worked, but I knew I had a calling on my life. Once again, God had a plan for me. I went to college and went into ministry as a youth pastor in Southeastern Oklahoma. Church work was hard for me and after 18 months I was let go. I didn't understand. I thought every church was like Henderson Hills and I was wrong.
I ended up going back to school and received my Master in Theology from Missouri Baptist University, but something was not right in my life. I became an educator and walked away from God. I got involved in substances, pride, denial, failures, and actions that hurt the person I loved the most, but God still has a plan for me!
I was licensed as a Southern Baptist Preacher at a beautiful church in Arnold, Missouri. I thought if only I could get status in the church I could change my life. I got the privilege to do my best friend’s wedding and baptize over 50 student athletes, friends, and family, but God was working on my heart. I was confused and so I kept acting out. What people didn't know wouldn't hurt them.
Three years ago, my life broke into pieces. I lost my job and my life was falling apart right in front of me. The problem was my heart. I needed to go back to the basics in my spiritual life. I was striving for status in my church, my family, and my job and was empty, but God still had a plan for me.
Like Peter, I wanted to be right, I wanted to look good, and there was no way I would run from God, but I did. Scripture teaches us there is no better joy than to follow the step of Jesus and today I am doing that. I have laid down my pride, my marriage, and family at the Cross with Jesus and this just the first step of biblical obedience because God still has a plan for me!
1 Peter 5:10 New International Version (NIV)
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.