Meet the Quartet
Kevin Good, bass
It was in the early morning hours of 1983 that I came to a saving knowledge of Christ. At the moment of salvation two of the many things God does for us are:
First, He places within us, at the moment of conversion, a measure of faith. That faith must be tested; it must grow and mature.
Romans 12:3, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God has dealt to every man the measure of Faith.” (This is given by the Holy Spirit at conversion.)
As you will read in my journey, it has taken most all of my Christian life to begin and understand what Paul meant in Romans 6:17 – It’s not what we do but what we believe that sets us free.
In that process, the measure of faith is able to mature and grow as we look to Christ and Him crucified.
The second thing God does for us, along with the measure of faith, are the Gifts and Calling. They are numerous; not everyone’s are the same. We are not all called to preach, teach, or sing!! Amen. But Thank God, He never throws us away nor repents of the call placed in our life.
Romans 11:29 “For the Gifts and Calling of God are without Repentance.”(The Gifts and Calling of God are not subject to a change of mind on God’s Part.)
The words of an old song best describe where I am today:
Ain’t what I wanna be, Ain’t what I oughta be, but thank God I ain’t what I was.
My favorite verse is Psalms 104:33 “I will sing to the Lord as long as I live, I will praise my God till my last breath.”
My Weight-loss Journey
“Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired” I will never forget hearing that question asked by the preacher on TV. It was during the winter of 2011 I heard that man of God loud and clear. My life was a mess, I was “sick and tired,” and seemingly trapped at 503 pounds with no way out. I knew in my heart some of the bondages that created this weight, and even though I had been saved and born again for almost 30 years, I was not free.
As I listened to the preacher, in my heart I knew I found the answer. He said, “You love the the Lord no doubt about it, but there are things in your life you need victory over. No amount of praying works, fasting doesn’t do it, you could quote 70 or 700 scriptures it still does not give you the victory. Attending every church service or working for the Lord doesn’t do it.”
At this point I thought , I don’t know who you are, but you have my attention because that hit home. He continued, “All the aforementioned things are good and right, and as a believer we are supposed to do such, but they do not give the victory.” Amen.
What does? I was listening. Faith in the finished work of the cross for everything. Faith in the cross for salvation: which I believed. Faith in the cross for sanctification: I knew this had to be the answer. I now know for all my Christian life I was trying to fix me and cover the pain because I never knew how to be completely free and the results were 503 pounds.
John 10:10 “The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
January 2012; I said, “Lord sink, swim, or die, my life is in your hands, and I don’t know how you are going to fix any of this, but I sit down on the potters wheel and I look to the cross for my answers.
I remember saying to the Lord, “If this doesn’t work, I’m going to die and very soon.”I continued listening to the preacher. He said if you don’t give up on God – He will not give up on you. Silence for 6 months. July of 2012 I made an appointment with Physicians Weight Loss. Surgery never was a viable option and that door officially closed in June.
During the week of my appointment I remember saying to the Lord, “If this doesn’t work, I’m going to die and very soon.”
I could barely walk 50 feet anymore without a struggle. So many simple things I could not do. Oh yes…I would laugh and smile on the outside all the while crying and dying on the inside.
The day of my appointment I was nervous to say the least, praying absolutely. We arrived and I checked in and of course had to weigh in 503 pounds.
Oh yes…I would laugh and smile on the outside all the while crying and dying on the inside.They said it would be a few minutes before we could see the Doctor, so go have a seat and wait..right..I barely fit in the chair.
Called back, I walked into a room and met a man who smiled at me never flinched and made me feel comfortable about being there. I immediately liked Dr. Charlie. As we talked, somehow I knew this might be the answer to my prayers. The only question my wife asked Charlie that day was “can you help him?” Charlie looked at me with complete confidence and without hesitation said, “Yes, if you do what I tell you to do.”
Now the truth be known, as Charlie and I have talked about that day, he had tremendous doubts and really his biggest fear was I wouldn’t survive. Thank God it was never revealed and within 2 weeks all of his doubts and fears were gone. July 20th 20 pounds and by August 10th, 38 pounds total.
Then my faith was tested. It was after the August appointment I was scheduled to see Charlie again around the end of the month. We go in, I weigh as usual and expect to see Charlie, but he is not there. I am introduced to some other doctor, let’s just say it did not go well.
When we leave, I am told Charlie left to focus on his private practice. I am scheduled for the next month but I knew I was never going back. When I first met Charlie, he had written some information down for me on the back of his business card. Thank You Lord !! Saturday Bessie had gone to the store and I was sitting at the kitchen table looking at all of my medications and reflecting on what had happened. I believe I can honestly say this would be the first time I ever cried over my weight and what was working seemed to be slipping away.
Needless to say, I hunted and found that card. Charlie received at least 2 each; phone calls, text messages and emails maybe more! He thankfully called me, we talked I was going to see him but due to scheduling it would be over a month.
Space does not allow me to write everything that has happened on this journey. Dr. Charlie has been so much more to me than just a Doctor.
Within 6 months, I had lost 100 lbs. Today I am at 180 lbs lost. I started at 60 plus inch waist today I am 46 inch waist. 6x shirt down to a 3x & 2x. There are many times the scale does not move but my clothing fits differently. Charlie says all the time the scale is not always the best factor in determining weight loss.
A year ago, I started working with a personal trainer, Ryan Healy. The first time I met Charlie he said “You will have a life like you never had before.” I will be 50 this year and Charlie – Thank You. I am in better health than I can remember, and it’s not over — the best is yet to come.
Does the Message of The Cross work, absolutely!! All along this journey, I must daily place my faith in the cross. Galatians 2:20: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
I am being set free, old things are passed away, and all things are becoming new. This old song says it best:
Once like a bird in prison I dwelt,
No freedom from my sorrow I felt.
But Jesus came and listened to me,
And, glory to God, He set me free.
He set me free, He set me free.
He broke the bonds of prison for me;
I’m glory-bound my Jesus to see,
For glory to God, He set me free.
Now I am climbing higher each day,
Darkness of night has drifted away.
My feet are planted on higher ground,
And glory to God, I’m homeward bound.
Goodbye to sin and things that confound, Naught of this world shall turn me around. Daily I’m working, I’m praying, too, And glory to God, I’m going through.