Through the Door
The way I came to find myself in
Detroit this summer is a story of how Jesus Christ opened a door for me,
me walking past the open door, and Christ kicking me through the door.
I grew up in what I’ve come to believe
is the most privileged of homes – my parents have been married 32 years,
and even more steadfast in their relationship than their love for one another
is their love for the Lord. Their number one goal in raising their 8 children
is for the children to live for Jesus Christ and his kingdom.
As is customary with most teenage
boys, I took for granted the blessed upbringing and God-given talents I
have received. I began to use the gifts I had been given for self-serving
purposes. Like the prodigal son in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15, I fled
from the embrace of my heavenly father to indulge in the lies of Satan.
However, despite my choice to go
my own rebellious way – I didn’t take into account the power and
relentless perseverance of my mother’s prayers for me. Through countless
events, retreats, living situations with other Christian men, and the example
of solid men of God – these were all the doors I had been getting kicked
through – the Lord Jesus was showing me how seriously he seeks me out –
each moment of my life.
Mike Shaughnessy, in his book, The
Archangel of Westminster, describes how Satan takes things once pure
– such as light, love, and service – and then twists them until they become
the opposite of what God intended for us – darkness, lust, and selfishness.
In my return to Jesus Christ over
the past few years, I have had to combat my own selfishness with selfless-service.
Through that change from serving self to serving others, the Lord has begun
to reveal more of himself to me and has given me vision for the life I
now want to live – one of complete surrender to his will.
My time with YouthWorks-Detroit this
past summer has given me not only the opportunity to serve, but to rely
completely on Jesus Christ. It has also changed my attitude towards the
things I desire, and refocused my energy and plans for the coming year.
The experience of living and serving in such a broken city has helped me
to focus on my Savior and to keep my mind on him. He has shown me the need
I have for him in my life, and he has humbled me through the witness of
the poor in this city and their total trust in him.
I know that God will continue to
bless my time of service in Detroit. Here’s to walking through the doors
rather than being booted through.
[Aaron grew up in the Work
of Christ Community in Lansing, Michigan, USA, and is the son of Craig
and Jen Galer. He is a junior at Michigan State University (MSU), studying
Business and Economics. Aaron is also actively involved in the University
Christian Outreach (UCO) chapter at Michigan State University. He currently
lives with the Servants of the
Word in Lansing, and has been blessed over the past few years to do
a bit of traveling to visit the UCO chapters in the United Kingdom and