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But now it was years later. Things had changed. I was the CEO of my own company. And doing well financially, so I was going back home, and back to see them, and I figured we were all at least a little more grown up. So how bad could things be? I had left the lifestyle that was destroying me, and I assumed they had too and of course we still shared one thing in common and it was the reason for us getting back together. We were all Padres fans, diehard Padres fans. For those of you that don’t follow baseball take some pity on us. It means that we suffered a lot, following a losing team year after year, going to game after game in the cheap seats and loving your team no matter how bad they kept getting beat down. But heck that year, the Padres were in a pennant race and even had a chance to make it all the way to the World Series. I could actually remember the one and only time it had happened before. It was such a distant memory. The trip was mostly exciting to look forward to, because I was going to get to see a double header (that’s two games in a row for you non baseball fans) and they were games that would possibly determine if the Padres were going to be the champs of their division. Now all I had to do when I got there was relax, have fun and be myself. By that I mean, I knew I had to tell them about the fact that my life was not the same anymore. That I had powerfully reconnected with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and that nothing in the world was more important to me. That I was a part time youth minister. And I know you’re thinking…hey you’re a preacher, that’s easy for you. It’s what you do. You know, telling people Jesus. That’s your job. Well, no friends, it’s not always easy. Not for any of us. Especially when it comes to the truth and telling it to those closest to us. To tell you all the truth I was terrified they wouldn’t believe me. That they would think I was crazy. And treat me weird. I was also afraid I might give in and just say nothing. And all the time I was preparing to go on this trip I was praying God would give me the right words to say.

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