From Cross Encounters
Richard Story grew up in
Southern Alabama. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. Until he was
15 he was raised by his mother and grandmother. His grandmother was the greatest
influence in his early years. She was a very godly woman who read her Bible
daily. She would give Richard his first Bible, which he has to this
During his latter teen years, as so many young men do, Richard was
captivated by the world. All the while he held on to the false perception that
he was a good person. He went to church, but not to worship. He treated church
as if it were a night club -- a place to pick up girls. It was during this time
in his life that he prayed a prayer and walked down the aisle of the church. He
thought this made him a Christian, but there was no appreciable change in his
life. Frustrated, over the next several years he would "pray the prayer" several
more times, hoping each time it would stick.
Richard graduated with
honors from a small, rural high school. His chosen career path kept him in the
Southeast, but he moved frequently. He worked in the energy management industry,
which encompassed a number of different fields. He even spent some time in
Richard lacked contentment. The job was never good enough.
The pay was never high enough. He always wanted more. He wanted to be the best
at whatever he did and to earn more money than anyone else doing it. To him,
contentment was a sign of weakness. God would soon strip him of his spiritual
facade and his self-reliance.
A Life-Altering Drive
in 2006, Richard, who was working away from home, was driving his pickup truck,
which was pulling a trailer. Suddenly, one of the tires had a blowout. As
Richard slowly tried to maneuver the truck and trailer to the side of the road,
another vehicle collided with the trailer. The vehicle that struck Richard's
trailer was traveling at an estimated 70 miles per hour.
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