DAVE finds strength and insight through of a community of men following God.
I have been attending Cornerstone for about 8-10 years. My wife and children have been coming around for a couple more years than me. I used to be scheduled to work on some Sundays and on the ones I had off I would pick up some overtime. I came to miss my family on Sundays and that is when I started to come to church. When I started attending it would be periodically and non-committal. I started to play pick up basketball games once a week with the men of Cornerstone. That was the first connection I felt to the church, but it was surface level.
Years ago, a leader in our church was preaching one Sunday, and his message was about significance of a church member’s commitment to the church and to God. He broke it down to two categories of people, being either a caterpillar slowly slinking into the church, or a pillar, a person who helps hold up the church. I knew that I was a caterpillar, but some day I wanted to be a pillar.
It took me about five years of being a part of Cornerstone before I accepted Christ into my heart and made a stand in baptism. Many church members had a role in that decision either through the example of how they lived or teachings I heard. Nowadays, I belong to a couple of men’s groups with Cornerstone. These men keep my walk on the narrow path to God buffered from the edges of darkness. They affirm my beliefs and keep my desire to learn more about God stoked. I am looking for how I can best serve God in my daily walk with him. I sometimes take two steps back, but my men’s group will push me one step forward.