God Rescued Me (Bill Greguska)
And He Can Do The Same For You!
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Thank God that He gave me a good sense of humor. My mom always told me that if you don’t laugh about things in life, you will end up crying about them. ~ Diana Greguska
A Look Back At Facebook ~ Bill Greguska
In My Life, The Old Is Gone, The New Is Here!
Too Many Things Were More Important To Me Than God:
I Was In Chains Until God Showed Me A Better Way And I Gave Up My Old Life, That Was Dragging Me Down!
My Life Took A Few Wrong Turns, But God Stayed On Track!
No matter what has happened in your life, God still is in control and loves you and has a plan for your life. In 2005 I experienced some marriage problems that lead to a painful divorce. I got an extreme amount of help from Pastor Ron and Sue Sauer and also Pastor Mark Malliwitz. Being wise enough to reach out for help, and a couple of other people gave me a lot of support, such as my mom, Pastor Dave Briscoe.
I also listen to Christian music and Christian talk shows on the radio. My Wednesday night Bible study at Mark Mallwitz house were all a big help too, which gave me direction and spiritual support.
The events in my life led me to want to be an encourager and a fisher of men, to point people to Jesus Christ. The scripture Sue Sauer pointed out to me was (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), so in 2007, I started this website to encourage others like I was inspired!
I Had A Good Start In Life With Two Good Parents
I wish I would have listened to them better. But I was a good son, my mom always told me.My faith in God started very well; I’d have to say. Remembering back to when I was about six, my parents took me to church every Sunday.They enrolled me in private schools — St. Gregory the Great Grade School and Pius High School.God and my parents met my needs. I was very fortunate to be blessed in many ways.
- My mom and dad stuck by me through thick and thin! They were married over 50 years, not like couples today to opt-out on getting divorced when things get complicated.
My First Real Memory Of My Faith In GodIt was when my dad gave me a penny to put in the basket at church. I thought it was so special to give money to God that I had a unique way to do it: I put the penny in my left hand and closed my fingers on it. Then I made a sign of the cross with my right hand over my left hand. To me, it was both meaningful and significant.I liked the feeling of holiness in the church, yet it was often hard to sit through the service because sometimes it got boring. I became an altar boy and even got a religious award in Cub Scouts. To me, that was a sign that at a young age, I had a deep love for the Lord. Have you decided to follow Jesus Christ in your life?
Do not ever give up your childlike faith because it is so important. Matthew 18:3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Basketball Was The Center Of My Life!From the time I was about nine years old, all the way through high school, basketball became very important to me.Basketball was all I did during the summertime until I was going into my Jr. year at Pius XI.Even so, I traded this love for basketball for the love of alcohol and drugs.It devastated me when God allowed the door to be closed on basketball.You, too, I am sure, have had the door to certain parts of your life closed. Sometimes this is just a part of life. We live and learn.Because of my faith in God, even though it hurt, I knew that God still had a plan for my life. I have learned to put life into perspective, and to hold everything and everyone in an open palm, that is what my pastor’s wife, Sue Sauer taught me. The reason for putting everything in an open palm is because if God would want to take something or someone out of my life, it would not hurt so extremely bad. I know that God created this universe and everything in this world including you and me. He has a right to do what His will is to do.
High School Became A Big Problem!Fast-forward to high school. My faith in God took a beating. First, it was because I was so involved in basketball; later, I got heavily involved in partying, which abruptly ended my basketball career.It was tough to juggle my partying and wild lifestyle with the responsibilities and life of the church and worship God. Something had to go; this was the beginning of many years of regret.I had been taught godly principles to live by, yet Satan, my flesh, and this world got the better of me. I did not have the “ears to hear” that scripture mentions but just lived on reactions and impulses that caught up to me and turned my life upside down for almost ten years.Alcohol and drugs tempted me, and I fell hard on my face! Is there something particular that has seduced you to get off the right path in your life?
My Daughter Has Been A Blessing To Me!
- I drifted away for a few years; when I was about 20 years old, I got in trouble with the law.Then I lived at the Rescue Mission for a while because my mom kicked me out of the house.Shortly after that, my girlfriend got pregnant. In December of 1983, we had a beautiful baby (Gerber baby I called her) named Sherry.Then my girlfriend broke up with me — another devastation — and I did not see my daughter again until she was in eighth grade.Though I seemed to be running after something, I did not know it was Jesus Christ until about three years later.
My Sin Started Blocking God’s BlessingsWhile I still had faith in God through all of this, my faith did not seem to make much of a difference in my life. I think that because I was still living a rebellious, sinful lifestyle, God was not answering my prayers the way I hoped He would.I was living my will for my life, instead of living God’s will for my life. It says in Jeremiah 29:11, “‘ For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.'” Do you realize that?
God Provided a Life Preserver for MeThings were pretty bad in my life. I felt that on the one hand, God was watching over me, but he seemed to be holding out on me at the same time. He was providing me with food, shelter, and people who seemed to care about me — it was me that was making my own life difficult.Times were very hard, but looking back, I see the hand of God, and the many ways He showed his faithfulness to me. I always loved God, but I wasn’t near to Him because of the life I was living.