My name is Donald
Macleod better know as Doonie I live in Stornoway and I am married to Liz and
have three children Craig, Stuart and Brian.
I work for the Health Board.
I publicly confessed
my faith in Christ in February 1996
at the same time as my wife Liz. I
always felt aware of the Lord in my life. I did not realize it but I was
searching for the Lord for about 20
years before I gave my life to Him.
For most of my life I
had felt that I wanted to give my life to Christ but could not. The fact was, I
had a foot in both camps. I was a
regular in church doing the best for my family and community.
I had a good job and marriage.
I had a problem! I
found the idea of attending the prayer meetings filled me with fear! I felt like
I would be going into another world yet I knew it was the place to be.
I knew that God was calling me, however no matter what happened, I just
could not make that commitment. God's
Spirit was striving with me and I knew it.
I was first made
aware of God in Sunday school. The
whole class was misbehaving and the Sunday School Teacher was at his wits end.
He told us in a very loving way that we had one of two choices to make.
It was brought home to me that day that if I did not have the Lord as my
personal Saviour then I would not be going to Heaven, instead I would be going
to a lost eternity. This
realization frightened me!
As I grew up I
remembered enjoying sermons, well most of them.
I can remember some nights coming out of church and wanting to give my
life to Christ. These thoughts would quickly disappear.
There was little opportunity to follow up these desires when I was young.
Youth Fellowships were not really in
existence. My perception of that time is that very few Christians ever spoke to
me about my soul. Therefore I feel now
that it is very important for Christians to speak to any visitors or people both
young and old that come to church on a regular basis.
They might be longing for a Christian to speak to them. They made be
seeking counselling or help but feel unable to make an approach.
I suppose I tried to
lead a very moral life and to a large degree I was very self righteous. Trying
to please God but on my own terms and trying to win His favour. It was not
working! During the early 1980’s
I came across a book by C.H.Spurgeon, entitled
'All of Grace.' It was given to my father in law by a Church Elder and I read it
with great interest. This book had a great impact on me.
After I was converted I mentioned to the Church Elder that I had read
this book, the one he had given my father in law.
He said that he often gave books away but at times wondered if what he
was doing had any value. I am living
proof that it did!
Two verse in that
book remained with me:
Romans Chapter 5
verse 6 and 8.
‘For when we were
yet without strength in due time Christ died for the ungodly.’
commended His love that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.’
During the early
1980’s I was most aware of God calling me.
I was in Preston doing a course. It was spread over three years, twelve
weeks per year. I was sharing a
room in a Bed & Breakfast with a colleague from Glasgow.
I would always read my Bible in front of him. There were a dozen of us on
the course and they always asked questions about the way of life on the Island
of Lewis especially the way of life from a Christian perspective. I
would always speak about it in positive terms.
There is a void in
the heart of everyone that only Christ can fill.
At weekends I would go to my wife’s aunt in Erskine.
I remember one Sunday going
to get milk with my wife’s Uncle Jimmy. Believe it or not at that time there
was a farm in Erskine! We passed the local Church and a service was about to start.
I felt so drawn by the Lord that I had to go in.
About that same time
I heard another sermon and the verse preached was :
Spirit and the Bride say come, and let him that heareth say Come and let him who
is a thirst come and whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.’
I knew then that I
wanted to give my life to Christ, however it took another 10 -11 years! I could
no longer carry on! I had to give my life over to Christ.
I could not remain being a secret Christian, God was calling me!
He was also calling Liz my wife in a different way but she was resisting. She suffered a particular tragedy in her life in that she
lost a brother who passed away at the age of 34 years.
A decision had to be
made! We both gave our lives to Christ and we did it on our 16th wedding
anniversary. We became members in Stornoway Free Church six months later.
I am not a good
example in that I took a long time to give my life to Christ. I would urge
anybody that does not know Christ, to ask Him into your life. Ask Him to get rid
of any stumbling blocks that are in the way! We do not know what an hour or what a day may bring.
Come and receive that peace and joy which passes all understanding and
receive Christ into your life as your own personal Redeemer.
Seek Him and you shall find Him.
Tomorrow may prove to
be a day too late! Do not go to a lost eternity with the Gospel ringing in your
ears! You might not think He is
calling you! He might not be shouting in your ear but is He calling you with
that still small voice. Ask Him to open your heart and make it receptive to His
When God is calling us the devil will put doubts in our mind. Do not look to other Christians as they will only disappoint you. Look to Christ and Him alone, the Perfect One. Are weary with what this world has to offer? What is keeping you back from Christ? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved.