Another Special Life in Christ
These testimony lives are not stories of "role models". Jesus is the
These are lives wonderfully touched & changed by Jesus!
Christopher Parkening (born 1947) is a highly
successful and famous classical guitarist. He was raised in Los Angeles, and
began playing the guitar when he was 11 years old. His decision to play the guitar
was influenced by his cousin, who also advised him to do two things. First, to
study classical music! And second, to get Andres Segovia's records and allow them
to inspire him. Christopher followed his cousin's guidance to the letter, and even
developed a close personal friendship with Andres Segovia!
When he was 19 years old, his skill reached
an extraordinary level that allowed Christopher to sign a contract with Capitol
Records, and begin touring! He performed at least 90 concerts a year! But touring
wasn't as glamorous as he thought it would be, and his life became overwhelmed with
emptiness. He decided to end his career as a classical guitarist, and ultimately
moved to southwest Montana. He settled down about 90 miles from Yellowstone
National Park, and began to pursue his dream of fly fishing. He quickly
began to excel at tarpon fly fishing, the extreme sport of all fly fishing, where the
fish reach lengths of six feet! Christopher became so successful in this new
endeavor that he even won the most prestigious tournament in the sport (i.e. the
'Wimbledon' of fly fishing!)! This gave him the prestigious distinction as the Champion
of Tarpon Fly Fishing! Yet one year after changing his career and life, his heart
was still filled with emptiness. He did not know what was wrong with
Then one of his friends invited Christopher to
a local church service, where he heard a sermon that changed his life! The
preacher's message was taken from Matthew 7, and was instrumental in his
realization that the emptiness he felt was because he was not truly a Christian.
Christopher had been baptized as a youngster, and had attended church on and off
throughout his life. His parents even told him that he was a Christian! But in truth,
he was not.
Christopher sensed Jesus leading him to
understand that he had never truly surrendered his life to Jesus as his Lord and
Savior, and that he had not been living his life for the purposes of God.
Instead, he had been living it for himself, to perform with the guitar, to fly fish,
etc. Christopher sensed the Lord saying to him, "You never cared about
me...You've never really been focused on me." And it was then that Christopher
realized that he wasn't truly a Christian. So he asked Jesus to come into his life,
forgive his sinful ways, and let the Holy Spirit of God live inside of him and
direct his pathways. He sincerely wanted to devote his life to bringing glory to
the Lord of Glory, instead of his continuing to live his life for himself! God
heard his prayer, and saved his soul!
Christopher then began to consider how he might
use his life to glorify God. He called his Manager and Capitol Records and told
them that he wanted to return to playing music again. He also told them that this
time he wanted to honor and glorify his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through his
music! And the rest is history!
And Christopher's wife, Teresa (who also loves
the Lord!), is his greatest encourager and now serves in the ministry with him!
They reside in Southern California. She plays the guitar, does Christopher's sound
checks, and is also an excellent fly fisherman!
Since receiving Christ, the
emptiness that Christopher couldn't fill on his own has left him! He now testifies on
behalf of Jesus Christ everywhere he goes, saying "It's not about fame and
fortune! It's about glorifying God with your whole heart and life!" [his website]
***give me your comments about this
(posted 22 November 2003)
You have just read a very brief example of the
powerful, supernatural transformation of a person's life which is possible through the
acceptance of Jesus as your savior. Are you tired of life as it now is for you? He will
accept you just as you are right this second! Consider accepting Jesus now