Yesterday was the day for a long-time friend!

“‘Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.’” Matthew 7:24-27.

(l-r) Chris, Gabe and Kyle wade in the water. Gabe raises his hands in triumph right after getting immersed in the water. (photo by Mahe Directo)

Many people are busy on Christmas Eve, getting ready for dinners, gift-giving, gift-opening, family gatherings and even church, so it’s no surprise if people are late to things.

But Gabe was not about to be late to an important event the day before Christmas: his baptism.

Gabe was baptized yesterday, on Christmas Eve, right after Sunday’s church service.

The morning had been gloomy with dark skies and rain, but by the time everyone left church service for the park, the weather was perfect for an afternoon baptism. The sun showed off its brilliance while the wind kept things cool.

Although Gabe arrived early at the park, as usual, one could say that Gabe was late for his baptism. He had been attending the church for a couple of years without ever expressing the desire to get baptized.

(l-r) Chris, Gabe and Evan marvel at God’s grace. Evan helped bring Gabe to church years ago. (photo by Mahe Directo)

Recently, however, Gabe realized that he needed to start studying the Bible more seriously again with some of the men in the church.

Gabe works in the education field. He is also a referee for various sports, so he knows the importance of being on time and doing things correctly.

“Despite his struggles, and despite things that could be hard, he still wants to love God and still wants to love Jesus and still wants to live the Christian life, and that’s just awesome,” Chris said at the baptism.

Gabe shared about building wisely on the word of God just before his baptism. “If somebody builds a house on sand, first of all, a hurricane might come down one day, and it could terrorize the house, and it’ll be damaged to the ground. But if you build it on rock, it’ll be made a solid foundation, because once a hurricane comes along, it won’t have a negative effect on it.”

Kyle also commented at the baptism, “Gabe prays quite often about building on a firm but solid foundation.”

Gabe often studies rules and regulations for the different sports he officiates.

Now Gabe lives by God’s code, the Bible, and is compelled by Christ’s love to do things the right way.