My name is Sam O’Neil and I’m a believer in Christ who struggles with pride, anger, lust, and laziness.
I start off with that because I want you to know that any goodness you may perceive in me is 100% the result of God’s work through me.
My Blog: I originally started this blog to share stories about the things I learned through my internship at the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, TX.
The title and tagline are based on 1 Corinthians 9:19-22, specifically verse 22. In the New American Standard Bible it reads, “19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some.”
As an Aggie from Dallas, Austin was a bit of a strange place to me. It is a self-proclaimed weird city, and the people like it that way. I didn’t think I could be “weird” the way Austin is, but now it feels like home. Not because it’s the best city in the world (Shout out to Dallas, TX, which totally is the best city in the world), but because it’s where many of my closest friends live. They have been like a family to me for two years now, and I will miss them so much when I leave in the next few weeks.
As I go out to other places to hold other jobs, I will try to update this blog with stories of God’s grace to me, but I have decided to leave the name and tagline as a tribute to the ways the people and staff of Austin Stone have made me a better person by pointing me always back to Jesus.
My Testimony: I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ at a young age, but I’m not sure to what extent I really understood the gospel. Due to a difficult experience when I was a boy, I began to have a flawed view of myself, and grew to be a spiteful and cruel child; an emotional/psychological bully. I was good at seeming polite and kind around teachers and parents, but when left alone, I was vicious to anyone I felt I could harass. After elementary school, God used one of the victims of my venom to show me that what was to me a method of making myself feel a tiny bit better and cooler for a very short amount of time, was to them a form of long term torture. That night I prayed that God would help me love people as He loved people, and He’s been faithfully extricating me from my sin and shame ever since. It’s a long and arduous process, but it’s been worth it: I’m losing my life to save it.
If you’d like to know more about the gospel of Jesus Christ or what you might be able to gain by following Him, feel free to contact me! I’d love to help you get connected to a body of believers who can help you understand what it means to lose your life in order to save it.