My Story, By Dan Ellis
Growing up in Ontario, Canada, I didn't have much of a spiritual life. My parents got divorced when I was 11 years old, and, following the divorce, my dad started going to church a lot. He urged me toward Christianity, but I always had the perception of church that so many kids have now: that it was just boring. I didn't want to go sit there and waste my time, and I didn't even know what they were talking about, so I wasn't interested. At that age, I didn't want to do anything but have fun outside and play hockey.
Good thing, too. It was at that camp that I came to know Christ.
Many professional players who played in the minors, in Europe and even some guys from the NHL were at the camp, and I started to look to them as examples. I could see that they had something different inside. They were the first pro hockey players I'd ever hung out with, so for them to be hockey players with faith in Christ was special for me.
I returned home from the camp and slowly began to read bits of the Bible. I looked for verses that applied to my life and the things I was going through. Still, I didn't commit to fully following Christ at that point because I was still hanging out with the wrong crowd, doing drugs, drinking and partying.
The more that I learned about Christ, however, the more I started to make big changes in my life. I realized that there was something better out there: something to fill the hole in my life, something that would actually last. Later that year, I finally surrendered my entire life to Christ.
Since then, I have been living in the hope we have in Jesus. As I climbed the ranks to the NHL, I never wanted to be a guy who pushed the Bible on people. Instead, I tried to live out what I learned in the Word. If you live by example, you make different decisions, speak a different language, carry yourself differently, have a different hope and a different fulfillment in life. People notice that in me and begin to realize things are missing in their own lives. They start to ask me questions, and it is then that I share more about my faith.
Read the rest of the story from FCA's Sharing the Victory Magazine.
Posted on Fri, May 1, 2009
by Dan Ellis filed under