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A Life Like No Other!

Updated on February 3, 2011

Imagine going through life with no concept that you’re special. Without any idea that you were created for purpose and a destiny that you don’t even know awaits you. Perhaps you’ve never been told that you have a life like no other - that the footsteps you take are ordained for you.

Such was the life of J.T. Now I’m sure you’re wondering who in the world is J.T., and that is my point exactly.

J.T. was someone I met at work. He was young, pleasant, and with far more beyond the surface than I realized. He was a new employee at my job and worked as a janitor. He went about his tasks quietly, trying diligently not to disturb anyone. I rarely heard him talk until one day I entered the dispatcher’s room. J.T. and some others were in the midst of a conversation about God. I was waiting for a fax, when I heard him say he was an Atheist. I listened for a bit and I asked him what he meant by that. He explained that he just didn’t believe God existed and was quite satisfied with his beliefs. He indicated he came from a rather large, blended family, both his mother and father divorced a number of times and he had layers of step-parents; he was one of fourteen children, if you counted all of his step-brothers and sisters.

As I looked at J.T., I knew that God was telling me to look closer. J.T. and the others went on talking and the conversation switched to tattoos. I couldn’t help but think it was a strange transition, from Atheist to tattoos. If that wasn’t enough, J.T. chimed in about his body piercings and suddenly the Spirit of God said - That’s it! Now, looking at J.T., it was impossible to see this graphically tatted and pierced image that he spoke of. He was neatly dressed and there was no indication of what was beneath his long sleeves. I looked at him and in a moment, God revealed the heart of the matter. J.T. desperately wanted to do anything that would get him noticed. He was searching for something that would make him unique - he wanted a life like no other.

I told him he was entitled to his beliefs, but even the devil himself knows there’s a God. I also told him before he was formed in his mother’s womb – God knew him and loves him with an unfailing love. I explained it really didn’t matter what he put on the outside, it could never change the fact that God loves him for who He created him to be - that no matter how many children his parents had, there would only ever be one J.T. I told him I believed the tattoos and piercings were so that he could be unique and explaining that he actually already was. I went on to say there has never been, nor would there ever be another J.T., that he is a one-of-a-kind creation, and that he was meticulously made. In fact, like David, the Bible says in Psalm 139:14 that he is fearfully and wonderfully made. I assured him that God could not care less about his exterior, because He looks at our heart. I don’t think J.T. blinked the entire time I was talking. I didn’t know exactly what God was doing, but I was certain He was doing something.

I gathered my papers and went back to my office. A little later, J.T. stepped in and wanted to elaborate about his piercings and tattoos. I listened, certain he wanted to add the shock value. When he finished, I simply told him, “That’s nice”, and went back to my papers. He left, only to return a short while later to tell me he decided the next day he was going to wear his piercings, indicating where I could expect to see the array of chains and spikes. I told him I looked forward to seeing them, and I again went back to my paperwork. A little while later J.T. returned and before he could say anything, I asked him if he wanted to know what I was looking at, and he said he did. I told him when I looked at him, I was looking at a very good book and God is the author. The intro is fascinating and I simply couldn’t wait to see how the story unfolds. I told him I serve an awesome God and I believed He had amazing plans for him. I went on to say, as intriguing as the beginning of this book – the end of the story is always far greater than the initial chapters.

J.T. left and I didn’t see him for a few days. The next time I did, he told me I wasn’t going to believe what happened to him, explaining that someone invited him to a church festival. I smiled when he told me he thought he would go and check it out. Several days passed and he returned with another unbelievable story. This time he was invited to a church, of all things. I told him that was nice and kept walking to my office. Later that day J.T. appeared in my doorway to tell me that he decided to go, but he was going to dye his hair jet black, spike it on top of his head, wear black lipstick and paint his fingernails black. I looked up from my papers, paused and said, “Wear it; it’ll look good on you!” J.T. left in frustration and was determined to go just the way he described.

I didn’t see him for a few days. The next time I did, he came rushing in and said, “You won’t believe what happened!” I put my pen down and looked at J.T. and said, “I probably will. What happened?” He explained he did in fact go to the church looking just the way he said he would. He walked in with his hair spiked straight up on his head, with his black lipstick and his black fingernails; he even wore a short sleeve shirt so his tattoos would be prominently displayed. He said never before in his entire life had he seen anything like that service. I asked if they talked about Jesus and if there was praise and worship, trying to quickly access if everything was lined up with the Word of God. He said it was, except once he was in the church he looked around and discovered he wasn’t the ‘biggest freak’ in there. This is J.T.’s description, not mine. Anyway, he went on to say in utter amazement, that the church he attended was a reformed biker’s church, and that most of the people, including the pastor and his wife, had far more tattoos than he did and that his were nothing compared to theirs.

J.T. gave his life to God that day and asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior. I told him that he witnessed, first-hand, the awesome power of God because God orchestrated all that to show him just how much He loves him.

I’m pleased to say that J.T. was no longer an atheist. God’s love and existence were irrefutable. God proved Himself to J.T. far better than I could have ever done with mere words. The truth is, I never knew that church existed, but God knew exactly where to send J.T.

If you’re like J.T. and you’re not sure if there is a God or if He even knows you exist, let me tell you, God is real and He loves you no matter what you’ve ever done or how you’ve done it. The best part is, you don’t have to take my word for it; you can know Him yourself. Right now, ask God to show you Who He really is. Allow Him to do for you what He did for J.T. - show you just how much He loves you and that He’s given you a life like no other!


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    • Honorablewoman profile image

      Honorablewoman 6 years ago from Georgia

      It is early Sunday morning and God moved me to read some hubs of my brothers and sisters on hub pages, yours was the first and like always God gives me Pearls, I am blessed by reading your Hub and realize if we just tell somebody and show them the Love of Jesus, it can knock down any Wall, someone has built up around them. Love You With The Love Of Jesus, Keep Writing!

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      carlosviana 7 years ago from Manama, Bahrain

      Great story ever told. We are called to a great mission. And that is to evangelize others. Truly, God works powerfully to those who believes.

      Keep up the faith!

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      Honorablewoman 7 years ago from Georgia

      Unleashed, I am so happy I read this hub before going out to face the day. It has inspired me to just keep showing the Love Of Jesus and allowing Jesus to do the rest. Love You Unleasded with the Love Of Christ. Keep spreading his love!

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      Thank's Betty for your comment. The one thing God taught me through J.T. is when we submit to Him, even our thoughts aren't our own, but He directs us in what to say. I don't think J.T. ever knew how much I was shouting on the inside, as I watched what God was doing.

      I can't wait to see who's in the Kingdom because of the work God had for J.T. to do. He really is an Awesome God!

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      Betty Johansen 7 years ago

      Wow, Unleashed Victory, your responses to J.T. were inspired. And your message - a life like no other - is so needed in today's world. An awesome story, an awesome hub!

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      christ4ever, Rev. Ted, thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. I look forward to our fellowship and the journey. Thanks for sharing this walk with me.

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      Rev. Teddy C. Ryan III 7 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

      AMEN and well put... You can never tell what's under someone's coat sometimes (or even what you might find when the Pastor rolls up their sleeves!). All that matters is what is "invisible" or what can't be seen (just like with the Spirit of the Lord), for what is beneath the skin is what counts.

      Keep up the great work... Rev.Ted

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      Dave, thank you for sharing. I think it's a beautiful thing to let people know there's hope. I look forward to reading your posts!

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      I could never imagine what it might be like not to know God as my "Father" and know his love. This is why I share God and His Word through Hubs.

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      Kashmir, thank you for sharing this with me and I agree He is an Awesome God!

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Unleashed Victory, a very beautiful and amazing story, our God is awesome !!!

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      Ingenira, thanks I really appreciate your fellowship and kind words. I think it's amazing how Awesome God is because He always sees worth and value and He makees us take a second look! I'm glad you walked with me on this one!

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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      I love the way you said it, "I was looking at a very good book and God is the author. The intro is fascinating and I simply couldn’t wait to see how the story unfolds."

      An awesome story indeed. Hallelujah !

      Unleased Victory, you are full of grace, and I thank God for that.

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      hemustincrease, you've summed up in a nutshell what I've always desired - to see past the exterior. I know when God saved J.T., there were people that he could reach that most of us couldn't. What an Awesome God we serve! I am so glad you told me about Brandon Heaths song, I'm going to pull it up now. I can't wait to hear it.

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      hemustincrease 7 years ago

      This hub reminds me of Brandon Heaths song “give me your eyes’. Just to be led by the Spirit of God to see all people with His eyes and love them with HIS heart. This was an encouragement for me. Thanks :)

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      Tamarajo, that's what amazed me the most how God did all that because of His love for J.T. I tried playing it cool but I was in awe of God's amazing power! You hit the nail on the head when you said He seamlessly did it! Thanks for your insight!

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      Tamarajo 7 years ago

      Beautiful story and testimony. All the divine appointments that seemed to flow together seamlessly in a way we could have never thought to orchestrate ourselves.

      So glad you were listening to God on the root matters of the situation and how to handle them.

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      FriendofTruth, I'm thankful that God doesn't look at us the way the world does, but He sees value when we don't even see it ourselves. Thank you for sharing this!

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      FriendofTruth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Awesome testimony of God's great mercy and love that He pours out to us!

      He is so faithful!

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      Thanks Michael, I'm really glad you did stop by. Thanks for the the positive word and I agree - He is an awesome God!

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      Michael Adams1959 7 years ago from Wherever God leads us.

      Amen great hub so glad I stopped in to read. What a wonderful testimony of the awesomeness of God!

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      Unleashed Victory 7 years ago

      Thanks FaithDream! For walking with me on this journey and for your kindness. I'm always amazed how God does things. We came to the Hub world about the same time and I think God has a way of linking people together. Thanks for your encouragement and your fellowship. I pray that God gives us the words to tell of His awesome love!

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      FaithDream 7 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      I am always looking forward to your hubs & each time I am quite amazed. Your writing and stories are inspirational breaths of life. God has given you a special gift.

      We may never know what will happen to the seeds we plant, but this time, it was revealed.

      What an amazing story.