I Love Life: A Minister’s Spiritual Relationship Blossoms [AUDIO]
Jeff O’Brien of Sioux Falls grew up in a dysfunctional hone! Jeff shared his testimony on KXRB’s “I Love Life.”
“My dad had three brothers. Out of the four, two were alcoholics. Alcoholism was definitely in the home. I don’t believe that alcohol is a disease. I believe it’s a drug. You have to put it to your mouth, you have to drink it and it takes control of your life. It’s just like when I was a young man in my teen years, I got into the drug world—not alcohol. I didn’t drink because I saw what it did to my family. There was a point where I didn’t even want to be known as an O’Brien because of who it represented. I heard people making fun of my father because of the condition he was in many times.”
In spite of the alcoholism, Jeff was driven to the ministry—a career that has transformed his life!
“I do remember when I was 7 years old, I had an experience with the Lord. It’s hard to explain the supernatural. But, you can experience it. I did at 7 years old. But, because there was no one to cultivate the relationship, it was lost. At the age of 20 years old, I had met my wife and at that point was my girlfriend. She went to a church where they taught the importance of having a personal relationship with Christ. I never had that. All the emotional abuse, the trauma I went through as a young man, I knew I had not accepted Christ in my life. When I was in the service, I had a tattoo put on my arm—with a cross, it said “Christ” because I was looking for him. I had Him in my head but I didn’t have Him in my heart. When I accepted Christ in my life, that supernatural process began to take root in my heart. It was at that point that I knew in my heart I had a calling in my life.”
It was at that point that faith took charge of Jeff’s life and just wouldn’t let go! “It was in 1972, I went on the road as a truck driver. I did that for a year and a half. I was married and had a six month old daughter. You can either move away and lose the relationship you have with your wife or you can grow stronger. Because I made that commitment to Christ, our relationship grew stronger as husband and wife. My relationship with the Lord also grew stronger during that time.”
The author of “The Purpose Driven Life” writes: “People with purpose succeed in life because they know they’re going.” Jeff agrees. “Your purpose in life is to serve the Lord—to love Him—commit your life to Him. The awesome thing about that is this: He cares about you. He has a future for you.”
No doubt about it—Jeff O’Brien is a minister who is definitely making a difference in our community!