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My name is Bill Greguska, and my life started so-called “normal,” but when I added drugs and alcohol in high school, my life took some turns that I was not ready for. It took a lot for me to land back on my feet. God saved me and cleaned me up in 1986. Not every day has been a perfect picnic, but with God living in my heart, I have been able to do what I could not do while my addiction to alcohol and drugs was getting the best of me. You can read more below. ~ Bill GreguskaMatthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
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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, you will cry about them. ~ Diana Greguska
Too Many Things Were More Important To Me Than God:
God Showed Me A Better Way, So I Gave Up My Old Life, And I Became Born Again!
- I had a good start in life with two good parents. My mom and dad stuck by me through thick and thin! They were married for over 50 years, not unlike couples today to get divorced when things get complicated. I wish I had listened to them better. But I was a good son, my mom always told me. My faith in God started at the age of 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.
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 cross sign with my right hand over my left hand. To me, it was both meaningful. I liked the 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 got a religious award in Cub Scouts. 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 when I was about nine years old, basketball became very important to me through high school. On the one hand, basketball was fundamental to me in grade school. I struggled with behaving and paying attention in class, but when my mom introduced me to basketball, she used it as a carrot to motivate me to behave and pay attention in school. That motivation turned into an obsession which was all I thought about. Eventually, I became so obsessed with basketball, It turned my life upside down and squeezed God out of my life, which I believe got me heavy into drugs and alcohol. It was not until I was 26 that I finally looked at my life and realized I needed to change things. Basketball was all I did during the summertime until I was going into my Jr. year at Pius XI. Even so, then, unfortunately, 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, I knew that God still had a plan for my life, even though it hurt. I have learned to put life into perspective and hold everything and everyone with an open palm. That is what my pastor’s wife, Sue Sauer, taught me. Putting everything in an open palm is because if God wanted to take something or someone out of my life, it would not hurt so much. God created this universe and everything, including you and me. He has a right to do what His will is to do. I have learned that even if we have something we love, like I loved basketball, God wants us to keep our lives in perspective and love God more than anything or anyone here on earth.
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High School Became A Big Problem!Fast-forward to high school. My faith in God took a beating. First, I was so involved in basketball; later, I got heavily involved in partying, which ended my basketball career. It was tough to juggle my drinking 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 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?
God Provided a Life Preserver for MeThings were pretty bad in my life. On the one hand, I felt God was watching over me, but he seemed to be holding out on me simultaneously. 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 wasn’t near Him because of my life. I had thoughts of suicide that entered my head when I was 16 and again when I was 43. Satan was doing everything he could to steal, kill, and destroy me, but I kept trying to cling to God; I believe He is my life preserver. Do you need a life preserver in your life too?
Reaching Out To Help Others Helped Me Too!
- When I got involved in AA and NA by attending meetings and talking with others, my faith grew, taking small steps. NA gave me the support and fellowship to get off alcohol and drugs. The last time I used any drugs or alcohol was on June 25, 1986, when I was in long-term drug and alcohol treatment and was born again.
I realized I could not help myself but needed God’s help. I got very serious about my faith in God, and with the support I was getting, I grew by leaps and bounds. Did you know that you can get help by praying and asking God to put the right people in your life? My faith continued to grow after I got out of long-term drug and alcohol treatment. The Lord opened a door for me to get involved at Elmbrook Church, where I worshiped for 23 years.I was blessed to get involved in a good Bible study at Mark Mallwitz’s house from about 1991 to 2020 and have participated in it ever since. The fellowship of other believers has been a source of encouragement for me. I experienced much growth, which I am very thankful for. If you are not attending a church or Bible study, why not try it? Church and Bible study opened the doors in my life. I built wheelchair ramps for Faith Indeed for my boss Ron West! I enjoyed building wheelchair ramps and got good at doing it for ten years. ~ Bill Greguska
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Storms and More Damage Still CameIn 1997 I took the step of getting married. It was a great challenge that I felt prepared for, but it turned out that my wife chose not to continue. We received counseling from Pastor Ron Sauer and his wife, Sue Sauer. They spent many months trying to help us piece things together in our marriage, yet my wife gave up hope. That was devastating since I had had the lion’s share of raising her son Chris from four until fourteen. It took quite a while to get over that. It was one of the two most difficult times in my life. The other time was during high school, getting messed up on drugs and alcohol and having problems with the law. I was diagnosed with a nervous breakdown and felt like giving up. I cried a lot; unfortunately, my desire to live was shallow. Thankfully, my mom helped me out a lot. I remember many times when I started crying; my mom used to say, “There she blows.” That made me smile, and sometimes I laughed and cried simultaneously. Right around that time, my mom was having problems with her health, and my stepdad Charley had recently died, so I took care of my mom from 2006 until she passed away in December 2014.
My Eyes Stayed on the LordI admit that these setbacks discouraged me, but I still had faith that God would continue to watch over my life as he has since I was born. My life reminds me of what it says in 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” My life experience has been like a roller coaster, yet I always seemed to stay on track somehow. I give God credit! Who are your eyes focused on?
I Took Good Care of My Mom!
I built wheelchair ramps for Faith Indeed with my boss Ron West, and I enjoyed building them and got good at doing them for ten years. During that time, I made two ramps for my mom, one at her original house and one at my stepdad’s house. It was my pleasure and honor to build them for her, and she loved them. She lived a good life. She loved watching “her” Brewers, going to church with me, going out to eat, playing cards, going to movies, etc. After all that she did to keep me together when my life was in a shamble, I couldn’t imagine her going to a nursing home. Do you understand that when you help someone is like putting perfume on them–you can’t help but get some on yourself? Could you give it a try? ~ Bill Greguska
- It was a blessing to take care of my mom for the last eight years of her life until she died at age 93. She was tremendous support while I was growing up, even during my problems with drugs and alcohol. Taking care of her was an honor and seemed the right thing. Mom had told me that she did not want to go to a nursing home for years, so I did everything to keep her at home.
What is the Next Chapter in My Life?
I have put on some miles in my life and learned some hard lessons. I have also experienced God in a meaningful way. Lord willing, I will continue to walk close to Him. I want to encourage people through my website, needencouragement.com, to learn from what I did wrong. I strive to keep healthy and spiritually fit and have fellowship with my friends who love the Lord and those I call “pre-Christians”-those who don’t know the Lord yet. Since I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I know my final resting place will be heaven. It can be your last resting place if you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Have you thought about how you plan to live the rest of your life? Who are you going to live it for? ~ Bill Greguska
My Life Hit Bottom, But God Did A Miracle For Me!
After I got out of treatment two years later, I got involved with NA and AA for a bit longer until I got involved in Elmbrook Church. I got out of long-term treatment in 1989. Shortly after that, I regularly attended Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI. Elmbrook had an open basketball program that 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 on my path to help me grow as a Christian under 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.
While Growing Up, I Played Basketball All Year Round!
Year after year, month after month, and day after day, 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 Bunetta wanted me to play JV to get a lot of playing time, which I did. A considerably massive 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 ripped my life apart, taking 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. I tried to try to sit quietly in class and pay attention. I was not dumb, but I struggled 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. However, the school was frustrating and did not come naturally to me. I was pretty popular due to the fact, I think, that I was on the basketball team, and I had a good sense of humor and was a nice guy. I thank God for the 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 benefited me.
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- “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” Vince Lombardi
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- 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 as 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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