hen I was nine years old, in the year 1984, I liked listening to rap music and did breakdancing. Soon, I started painting vandalism graffiti. At first I liked to write on the walls along the streets, a minor offense that I just assumed I would stop doing in a few days or months. It would be just a passing thing. But one day turned into another and month followed month. That which was supposed to be something sporadic was becoming a strong habit. It became a lifestyle.
Every week I took my cans to go out and paint vandalism graffiti. That was a regular part of my life. Many years passed and everything seemed to be going well in my life. But then there was that issue of my graffiti. At a moment in my life, I became afraid as it had become such a controlling habit … I began to wonder: If I die today where would I go? I also felt a void in my heart that nothing could fill, certainly not doing graffiti!
The reality is that every person can be completely surrounded by people, but still feel really alone. It is also true of many people, whether they are famous or not, whether they are rich or poor, that the reality behind their smiles can be filled with pain. This describes what I was feeling. We can fool many people, but we can’t fool God.
My life was a mask of happiness but that was not the case inside. I was not really happy. I needed a change in my life and it happened! It was on a summer night when I was almost 18 years old. You’re probably asking, “What happened?” Right?:
That night I went to a youth meeting in an Evangelical Church. I heard about the love of God. I had a real experience with God. Tears fell down my cheeks. I understood that Jesus loved me and suffered for me and my sins so that I could truly enjoy my life. And I do so today. My life took a 180 degree turn.
Ask yourself today: “Do I have peace? Do I have hope? What is going on in my life, inside of me?”.
As it says in the Bible, “What good is it for a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?”. You might be the best graffiti artist in the world, the best bomber, but what you really need is to know Jesus. He is the only hope for your life. He is the only way, the only truth. I am sure that you have insurance on your motorcycle, your car, your home, your health. But wait no longer to have the most important insurance in your whole life – “Salvation”. Only Jesus can save you and fill your heart and life. God has a plan for your life.
Today I am a pastor and I love painting graffiti to preach Jesus on the walls.