My Journey to Jesus

The first question anyone reading this new blog, or the book it will eventually lead to, will ask, will be why they should bother. Why should anyone care about my story? I ask myself that. I admit – parts of the story are funny, and other parts are interesting. I’m also a pretty good storyteller. At the same time, all stories have funny parts and interesting parts, and there are many good storytellers. So why should anyone care about my story? I’m not a minister. I have no degree in theology, and in fact, everything I know (or think I know) about theology comes from reading the Bible.

The truth is that I lived this story, and as a result, there is absolutely nothing abnormal or compelling about it at all, at least to me, and yet every single time how I became a Christian comes up in conversation, I am told I should write a book, so my story appears to be compelling to other people. When you are told once to write a book, it is easy to blow it off. When you are told twice, you still might blow it off. When you are told every time a certain subject comes up that you need to write a book, eventually you decide to do so, and so here I am – telling my story in a blog, eventually to cull from the blog material to write a book.

I can’t give my entire story all in one entry, so I’ll start at the beginning – how I found (or perhaps was found by) Christ…

Wallace Garneau is a two-service military veteran, with four years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, and four years in the US Army. He has twenty-three years of experience in process improvement roles, having served as the E-Commerce Manager, IT Manager, and Director of Business Systems for a variety of medium to large manufacturing companies. Wallace holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA in Lean Manufacturing from the University of Michigan. Wallace is currently finishing a Masters of Science in Lean Manufacturing, at Kettering University. Wallace is a published poet and essayist, and recently finished his first book – The Way Forward: Lean Leadership and Systems Thinking for Large and Small Businesses.

It’s best to start at the first post, go to the bottom of the feed on this page for the first chapter or click here: My Discovery at Four-Years-Old; Jesus Christ Did Not Have a Middle Name.

 


 

My Journey to Jesus – My Miracle Baby

My Journey to Jesus – My Miracle Baby

The doctors upstairs had given up on stopping Beth’s labor and had tried to turn the baby, which also did not work. The baby was going to come out shoulder first. They suited me up and took me in to watch my daughter’s birth, eight weeks early, in an emergency c-section. Babies cannot come out shoulder first, and the only reason Beth saw a doctor was that…

My Journey to Jesus – Bosnia and the Fax Machine

My Journey to Jesus – Bosnia and the Fax Machine

I headed over to the supply and asked SSG Martinez for fifteen pages of black construction paper, and then headed back to headquarters, where I talked SSG Sedore into faxing the black construction paper to CSM Leeber. CSM Leeber wanted us all standing at attention in the motor pool, and he was absolutely livid. He wanted to know what “dumb son of a bitch” played a prank on him…

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My Journey to Jesus – More Military Enemies

My Journey to Jesus – More Military Enemies

SGT Howe found me in front of a bunch of soldiers from our platoon, the day I was promoted, and told me to stand at attention. He wanted to make a point in front of everyone. “F%k you,” was my response. “Call me Sergeant Howe,’ he said. “F%k you,” I repeated. “I still outrank you,” SGT Howe said. “If you were a non-commissioned officer, I might agree,” I shot back, “but whereas I’m an actual NCO, you just wear the rank.”

My Journey to Jesus – Hitler’s Teahouse & Brakeless Tanks

My Journey to Jesus – Hitler’s Teahouse & Brakeless Tanks

The Teahouse is an engineering marvel, and so too is the road that had to be built to get to it. Today, Hitler’s Teahouse is a restaurant with breathtaking views. The first time Beth and I visited Eagle’s Nest, I saw a trail leading from the restaurant toward a big wooden cross. The mountain was shrouded in clouds, so I could not see what lay beyond, but as I walked…

My Journey to Jesus – Married in Germany

My Journey to Jesus – Married in Germany

As far as I know, Beth never cheated on me while we were in Germany. Given what I know about what she was doing while I was training in Fort Leonard Wood prior to getting stationed to Germany, I have every reason to suspect she might have cheated on me in Germany, but I have no specific knowledge of anything going on while we were in Germany and since…

My Journey to Jesus – SGT Bush’s Mission to Demote Me

My Journey to Jesus – SGT Bush’s Mission to Demote Me

As usual, SGT Bush was giving me a hard time – ripping into every detail of my driving. He even once ordered me to go forward when doing so meant hitting the tank in front of me. I had to obey his order, or I could get in trouble, so I inched forward until my tank’s bridge gave a love tap to the bridge of the tank in front of me…

My Journey to Jesus – Stationed in Germany Without my Wife

My Journey to Jesus – Stationed in Germany Without my Wife

I thought this girl might want to be more than friends and was torn between attraction to her and wanting to be faithful to my wife (I won’t lie – it was arousing). I finished showering and put my pajamas on, and all she did was say, “Good night,” and head back to Pruitt’s room. This experience was a pretty big culture shock, but the girls were right – nudity in Germany is fairly common…

My Journey to Jesus – Young, Married, and Stupid

My Journey to Jesus – Young, Married, and Stupid

It did not bother me that the rest of the married reclass guys were all cheating on their wives, but it bothered me a great deal that they thought it was funny I was not cheating on mine. It says a great deal about the morality of the typical soldier at the time, that cheating was so very common as to make not-cheating joke-worthy. And I had no way of knowing that back at home; my wife was all but living with another man…

My Journey to Jesus – Adolescence

My Journey to Jesus – Adolescence

There is an old saying about tornados and trailer parks, but this tornado did not hit any trailers. It took down a few trees but did no other damage. By evening we were off somewhere to watch fireworks in celebration of our nation’s 200th birthday. I still remember that 200th birthday and how lucky I felt to live in a free country. America was a very different place back then…

My Journey to Jesus – Getting Married

My Journey to Jesus – Getting Married

Beth was controlling and temperamental, so we fought often, and like her father, whatever the last things you would ever want to say to someone you loved, those were the first things she would say when angry. Beth had to know where I was at all times and would call wherever I was continuously to try to get me to come home. When I wasn’t home, I was usually with…

My Journey to Jesus – More Stories from the Marine Corps

My Journey to Jesus – More Stories from the Marine Corps

Staff Sergeant Martinez walked up and down our ranks, giving us an inspection. He took a special interest in me, and while staring in my face he reminded us that if a Marine gets a bad enough sunburn that he cannot perform his duty, he could get formally charged with destruction of government property (we were government property) – which could be a felony…

My Journey to Jesus – The Marine Corps

My Journey to Jesus – The Marine Corps

A Senior Drill Instructor had an exercise he did with every platoon in which he’d have his recruits line up outside the duty hut, and then the recruits would come in one at a time to find a .45 caliber handgun on the desk. The Drill Instructor would have each recruit pickup the handgun, work the slide to potentially chamber a round, point the handgun at their temple, and pull the trigger…

My Journey to Jesus – The Lowest Years

My Journey to Jesus – The Lowest Years

When my parents threw me out as a 17-year-old high school student, the people living in the apartment I moved into included Chaz, Cindy, Cindy’s son Charlie, Kevin, and Bill. Everyone in the apartment other than me was a member of Narcotics Anonymous; there were no drugs or alcohol anywhere near the apartment. There were, however, frequent NA meetings in the living room…

My Journey to Jesus – The Teenage Years

My Journey to Jesus – The Teenage Years

“Dad, if you hit me again, this time I’m hitting you back,” I said. Threatening to hit my dad back stopped him in his tracks and calmed him down some, but he told me he thought it best if I leave. I agreed, packed up some clothes, and left. Thus began the lowest period of my life. How low was it? Here is a poem I wrote…

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