An Alcoholic & Drug Addict To A Fisher Of Men!
My Life Did Take A Few Nasty Falls, But God Is Good!
In 2005 I experienced some marriage problems that lead to a painful divorce. I got an amazing amount of help from Pastor Ron and Sue Sauer and also Pastor Mark Malliwitz. I reached out for help, and a couple of others gave me a lot of support such as my mom, Pastor Dave Briscoe, also Christian music and Christian talk shows on the radio. My Wednesday night Bible study at Mark Mallwitz house was a big help too.
The events in my life led me to want to be an encourager and a fisher of men, to point people to Jesus Christ like Ron, Sue, and Mark did for me. The scripture Sue inspired me was (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) so in 2007 I started this website to encourage others like I was encouraged! ~ Bill Greguska
My Life Hit Bottom, But God Did A Miracle!
It Is How We Deal With Bad Days That Counts!
I Live Who I Believe I Am – Pete Briscoe
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Posted by Bill Greguska on Sunday, February 9, 2014
Two Good Parents, But I Choose To Do Wrong Anyway!
by Bill Greguska
My past has been a mixture of good and also not so good. Some things I got myself into and other things were beyond my control.
The first encounter that I remember was when I was about seven years old. I knew in my heart that Jesus Christ was real and I wanted to follow him, but I also knew that I had a problem with behaving which causes great conflict in me.
In grade school, once I got very good at basketball. my mom used basketball as leverage for me to get passing grades and stay out of trouble in school.
Realizing that my abilities in basketball helped me with my self-worth, I got a lot of self-satisfaction and attention from playing basketball.
My parents took me to church every weekend and even put me in a church school to instruct me, which developed some of the fundamentals of my faith.
Faith in God was very frustrating to me because I learned about what was good and acceptable, but it was hard for me to live it out. It took a while, but as time went on I was understanding more and more about my Christian faith!
God Put Elmbrook Church In My Life
After I got out of treatment 2 years later, I got involved with NA and AA for a little while longer until I got involved in Elmbrook Church.
I got out of long-term treatment in 1989. Shortly after that, I started attending Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI on a regular basis.
Elmbrook church had an open basketball program which caught my eye. Basketball was the “carrot” that got me back in church again!
Looking back I am so thankful that God put Elmbrook church in my path to help me to grow as a Christian under the teaching of Pastor Stuart Briscoe and the rest of the staff. I was very grateful for all the church and people did to help me. This was back in 1989 shortly after I got out of long-term treatment.
The church took me in and helped me to grow as a Christian under the teaching of Stuart Briscoe and the rest of the staff.
My life has not been perfect or even easy and I still sin, but since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. God has blessed me with some key people to help me and He has done the same in your life, you just need to be more aware of it.
I know God created me, why I am here on earth, and that I have a purpose in my life. God loves me, and I love Him and want to serve him out of gratitude. For what He has done so much for me in my life to let Himself be known to me.
While Growing Up, Basketball Was All I Did Each Summer
Year after year, month after month, and literally day after day, and it kept me busy on my teams during the school year.
- I tried out for varsity my sophomore year at Pius XI, yet coach Joe Bunneta wanted me to play JV in order to get a lot of playing time which I did.
A very big part of my life became basketball which I got pretty good at, although without a doubt alcohol and drugs got the best of me, it totally ripped my life apart which took many years of recovery to put the pieces back together with God’s help.
I need to say that school was very challenging for me just to try to sit quietly in class and pay attention. I was not dumb at all, but I did struggle with reading until I was almost in high school.
My silliness and hyperactivity made school something I did not enjoy and I found myself easily distracted, even though I got B’s and C’s although school was difficult and did not come naturally to me. I was very popular due to the fact I think because I was on the basketball team and I had a good sense of humor.
I thank God for the sense of humor that he blessed me with. It is not surprising because I grew up as a guy with a fun sense of humor and a basketball player, which somehow worked for my benefit for the most.
The Church Helped Point Me To Jesus!
In my teens, the Lord allowed me to get into multiple difficulties, such as a drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, and problems with the law, to ultimately help me understand the deep need that I had for God.
Everything was going relatively well it seemed until my best friend Steve Mader died when I was 16 years old on March 12th, 1976. Thoughts of totally giving up on life would not leave me alone and suicide was looking like something I was thinking of doing.
On April 1, 1976, Depression And Mental Illness put my life on a screeching halt, I was only 16 years old and I was admitted to St. Mary’s Hill hospital which did not help at all, it only made me angrier.
For 9 months they gave me pills and had to shot me up with tranquilizers at times since I was angry the way they treated me. I was scared and was trying to protect myself from all the side effects of the medicine.
That definitely was a waste of time. I was also at Depaul Hospital and Dewey Hospitals and County Hospital but nothing really changed me or my life until I go into long-term treatment at Winnebago Mental Health Institute combined with Elmbrook church shortly afterward.
When a person like me who at the time had thoughts of suicide, it is very hard to go through the motions of everyday life and living with that on my mind.
I thank God that I got the help I needed when I needed it. I still have my struggles in life to deal with, but now I can face them with God’s help and the help of others in my life, not to mention all the life experiences that I have been through both positive and negative.
I think God allowed the negative things in my life to help me become the man I am today and to help others! My advice to you is that if you are involved with any type of addiction, or other problems in your life, that you contact us or talk to a pastor, friend, or Christian counselor before your problems turn into unnecessary heartache, kayos, and pain like I have put myself through. Thank God that my God is a God of Second, Third, Fourth, Etc. chances!
Here Are Some Personal Helpful Links:
Topics God Used To Help Me:
- Alcohol and Drug
- Follow Jesus Christ
- Quitting Smoking cigarettes
- StressSome Special Pictures of Bill Greguska
- Click here to experience a little taste of my sense of humor
- “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.” Vince Lombardi
- Pete Maravich’s story is inspirational to me!
- How does Alcoholics Anonymous compare with the Bible?
- Click here to check out a little of my sense of humor.
- To the best of my ability, I have learned from the past. I live in the present and I have hope for the future. Strive to look at the glass half full instead of half empty. Thank God that He made Himself known to me through my life difficulties and never left me. ~ Bill Greguska
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Too Many Things Were More Important To Me Than God:
Until I Gave Up The Life I Once Followed…
Lew Alcindor (Kareem Jabbar) Was My 1st BB Hero!
More Encouraging Testimonies
- Pastor Billy Graham
- Pastor Francis Chan
- Pastor Jeff Schreve
- Pastor Mark Mallwitz
- Pastor Ron And Sue Sauer
- Pastor Ron West
- Pastor Stuart Briscoe
- Ben Hersh
- Bill Greguska
- Brian Larson
- Diana Greguska
- John Wegner
- Lora Kesselhon
- Mike Hayden
- Ray Jablonski
- Terri Mitchell
I Was No Michael Jordan, But I Loved Basketball
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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
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.