Posted by: randydunning | January 17, 2008

What Goes Around…


Do you ever wonder if you’ve made a difference in people’s lives? Tuesday I found out that I have. Well, at least once.

I was standing in the returns line at Costco when I heard a quiet voice ask, “Mr. Dunning?” It was a young man named John. He was a student at Tri-State University back in the day when I did campus ministry there. He came from a troubled background and his life in college was mostly spent sleeping, drinking and making people laugh. He was one of the funniest guys on campus but his life was a pending train wreck.

I’m not exactly sure how the story goes, but John ended up living in our guys’ campus house one semester. He eventually started coming to meetings and slowly his life began to change. He even was the campus ministry poster child one spring evening by speaking to supporters at our Annual Ministry Banquet. But after college I heard that his life continued to be rocky and didn’t have much contact with him. We were going to have lunch once a couple of years ago but it didn’t work out.

Then, all of a sudden, there he stood. We talked for probably twenty minutes. He lives in Fowlerville, works for M-DOT, has a wife and three children, has lost about fifty pounds, leads the youth group in his church, and radiated a genuine enthusiasm for Christ. And he told me that just the night before he’d shared with the youth group about the day it all turned around for him. As he recalled, some bald guy woke him up from an afternoon nap and asked him if he was coming to the campus ministry meeting that evening.

That bald guy was me.

Pretty cool!


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