Derrick Jenkins: How God Works

Derrick Jenkins: How God Works

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Hello, my name is Derrick Jenkins. I am married to Tayla. I am the son of Maria and Bob, I work as a Journeyman Plumber, and I live in Dunstable MA.

As a young child I was very curious about how everything worked, why it worked and who came up with the idea. I liked to take things apart and put them back together. I did this just to see how they were built and how they functioned. I had many questions why things were and where they came from. I was lucky enough to be blessed with two parents that had faith in God and were able to answer some of my questions.

As a young child my family attended the Catholic Church and learned the basics of God and Jesus Christ. I began to read the Bible at CCD and learned even more about God. Everything seemed to be going good until church became routine and repetitive. I wasn’t learning as much and started to feel the teachings were contradicting. I decided in my teens that the Catholic Church wasn’t for me. I stopped attending church for many years. The Catholic Church had taught me that if I did good deeds and did not sin I would go to heaven. Through my teens and into my late twenties I tried not to sin and do good deeds, however no matter how hard I tried not to sin and impress God, I would fall short. I felt a sense of hopelessness and on many occasions this caused me to be unfaithful to God. The one constant through all of these year was that for all the times I was unfaithful to God, God was never unfaithful to me. He never gave up on me and never left my side.

He has blessed me with a loving family, good health, steady work, and an amazing wife. I have witnessed firsthand the love of my Father in Heaven. That made me want to learn more about him and be a part of his community.

In my late 20s I decided to attend a Protestant Church. I t wasn’t until then that I learned the truth about our Savior Jesus Christ and what he truly did for us on that Cross. I also learned that I was in fact not saved by my works and that to be perfectly free of sin is impossible. If we put our faith in Jesus Christ that he will cloak over our sins with the perfect life he lived in the eyes of the Heavenly Father. We are saved through the grace of Jesus and without him we have no chance.

The good news I have learned about my Savior has filled me with hope and has renewed my faith. It has filled the void I was left with for many years. Over the past few years Jesus has been the light at the end of the tunnel for me. No matter how dark the path gets I know that if I keep faith the light will eventually shine. John 8:12 says “Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world. He that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Every day I wake up I have a reason to be thankful. I hope to share my faith with others. If anyone has any questions about my faith story or would like to talk about my journey please ask. Thank you.