by: Erin Keller
Andy Keller says, “Sometimes God uses a 2x4 to get our attention.” God used several 2x4’s to get Andy’s attention back in 2011.
Andy grew up in a poor, single-parent family. When he was in junior high, a friend invited him to Falls Creek, and that is where he gave his life to Jesus and was baptized. But when he got out of high school, Andy pulled away from God for a season. He met and married Erin, who brought him back to church, but he admits he was trying to do life his way, not God’s. But in 2011 he was involved in a fireworks explosion which left him with a broken ankle and burns on his arm. A month later he spent a week in ICU with blood clots and a collapsed lung. A friend gently suggested that God was trying to get his attention, and that helped him to change his focus. Now God, family and friends are his priorities. It is his family and his circle of Christian friends who help keep him on the right path. “We think we can do life alone, and I was one of those who thought that. But it’s the relationships, it’s your core group of friends that you can go to for anything without judgment that’s going to get you through the tough times. My advice is to find a small group of Christlike followers and do life with them. We are not meant to do life alone.”
to convey that message and be that safe person for the students he serves at
Community Church. “I want the kids to know that if they fall, someone is going
to be there for them, that I’m not going to judge them, that I’m going to be
there unconditionally. My kids know that they can call me any day, any time,
and I’ll be there for them.“
Are you involved in a small group? Invite someone to join you. Are you looking for a group? There are several new groups starting in January. Take a chance and get involved. You may make friendships that will last for eternity.