Hey dudes! So since I am the founder of NotoftheNorm, I thought I’d be the first to write my testimony out! My life was a little crazy, so try to stay caught up! This might be the story of my life, but I’m not the main character, God is. This is His story of me told in my own eyes.
I was born around the Orange County area in California. At the time I was the cutest, nicest, most wonderful kid you would have ever met.
My parents separated when I was 5, and I moved to Oregon when I was 8.
My friends brought me to their church’s kids program, so I had a little bit of Jesus in me. I mainly just went because they had free food. It wasn’t until 8th grade when I started attending a youth group and learning more about who God was.
The first years of high school were pretty bad for me. I was an idiot. I was prideful, arrogant, and mostly cared about my status. Jesus was a tool to gain twitter followers for me. At church I was the perfect little Christian kid, but at school I was somebody else. I was fake.
I went through a lot of crap in high school. It started with girls, then drugs, and continued with picking my drunk friends up from parties, and watching them puke all over my front seat. I also wasn’t very successful in my school work. I kinda just slid through high school with okay grades. I had a lot of friends, but I was a loser. A lot of stuff went down during those years, but I don’t want this blog to be a giant biography about how terrible my life was before Jesus.
To be honest, life was fun, but the fun never lasted. I was constantly creating a dependency for happiness. The tools I used in my toolbox for joy were only able to fix part of my depression.
I was like a boat sailing on the seas of trouble. I would drown myself in the sorrows of self pity, and I had a cloud of insecurity pouring storms of guilt down on me. But in the darkest of nights, I found my lighthouse. Now I have God’s boat to save me from the waters. I have the anchor of Jesus to keep me steady. And I have the sails of the Holy Spirit to steer me in the direction that He wants me to go. My boat sets sail with a new light guiding its paths, and even though the waters are still rough, my lighthouse still shines brighter.
I’m currently going to school for pastoral ministries. I love people, public speaking, coffee, writing, my girl Katelyn, and talking about Jesus. I say dude way to much. I’m always here to listen, and if you’d love to connect please contact me at @thenicolasbrown or email@example.com