I was recently asked to write a testament of my life in a nutshell. My name is Darryl Marcoux and my nutshell sounds a little like this.
I was born to wonderful parents in a “Beaver Cleaver” environment. The second oldest of eight children. My parents were Roman Catholic and all of us kids were forced into this religion. At a young age of around 10 years or there abouts, I knew something was not right about church, I never felt good about churchtime and when at church I couldn’t wait for church to get out! At age 17 I joined the military during the Viet Nam war. As soon as I got away from my parents, I abandoned the Roman Catholic religion. My life went like this for the next 11 years, no matter what I attempted I succeeded in, not only that but I excelled in succeeding.
But one day I lost two disks at work and lost my job, my identity and my self respect. Then the next 9 years I dwelled in my mire until a friend of mine invited me to a church that woke my spirit up. I was saved in 1995. I thank God I did not die during this period. I was past the age of accountability and totally unaware of the neccesity of being born again and sacrificing my life so Jesus could live through me. I made several alter calls because I wasn’t sure if I was truly saved. I wanted to be saved because all these people seemed to be satisfied with their lives and I wanted that.
While at this church I was invited to a computer class. At this class I met my spiritual father. His name was Dean Alexander. He started class with a bible study and noticed I took such great interest in his studies that he brought me under his wing. He fed me as a child in Christ then weened me into reading and understanding the bible! I then made myself available for the work Jesus had in store for me. The church offered me a position in their version of street ministry. They made me a block leader over several people. I matured enough to where I heard the voice of God and was obedient to His words and was rewarded for my faithfulness. I arrived, made myself available and allowed Jesus to live through me.
The problem was I took on too much at once and burned myself out. I removed myself from ministry. For the next seven years I was in the valley, out of touch with God. I needed rest but it felt so good to be lax that I stayed there. By staying in that place I was placing stumbling blocks in my path. Then by God’s grace and nothing else he placed Pastor Vince in my path and he invited me to GLBBC. I took him up on that invitation this past February and the stumbling blocks have been removed one at a time and now I am back in the place where I can die to myself and make space for Jesus Christ in my heart. I am allowing Him to live through me and I can now listen for that little voice telling me how I can bless others! Thank You Jesus, there is none like You!!!!