My name is Matt Cozik and here is my story of God’s grace in my life…
My name is Matt Cozik, my wife’s name is Serena, we have 2 daughters together and an adopted son.
I grew up in Haslett, MI with 2 brothers, 1 sister, and 1 parent, my mother, Jackie. We didn’t have everything growing up like kids do today, but we did have each other. Being the youngest of the boys, I grew up watching my brothers get into trouble and getting disciplined. On Sunday mornings I would go to the local church, Haslett Baptist for Sunday School. Out of all of us kids I was the only one who would go. This lasted several years until I found myself doing other things on Sunday, like sleeping in and was just bored with it. I would watch the church van pull up outside, honk the horn and then pull away. As far as I can remember, I had never heard the “Truth” that I am a sinner and doomed for eternity in Hell.
When 6th grade came, I found myself starting to get involved with a different group of friends, today they are called the stuck up people, the yuppies or preppie’s. This was all through the middle school years. I would go to my dad’s during the summer months, which would be different states each year. One year it was Indiana, one year Colorado, one year Oregon. I would hear my dads side of the divorce, different than my moms side, this would tear me up inside because I couldn’t figure out the truth. I grew up hating my mom during the summer and hating my dad during the school year.
Well High School finally came, I was excited to finally be at the ending years of school. My freshman year was not to bad, I got to learn a lot about “things” I should of not learned about until I was out of school. Things such as pot, beer, parties, and girls. It was not until my sophomore year that I got interested into girls more. I didn’t pay attention to what I was taught at home about them. Several parties later I was getting involved more and more with booze and pot. Since my mom was drinking at home I thought it would be alright if I did to. It seemed like it was ok being that my older brothers were doing the same thing, and they weren’t getting into trouble for it.
Summer of 85′ I tested the waters more, I tried to get as drunk as I could and stay out of the house all night without giving notice to my mom, she was drunk 90% of the time anyway. I don’t think my mom would’ve miss me, she didn’t, she had no idea I was out all night drinking and partying. I snuck back into the house without anyone knowing. I found myself to be doing this more and more with my so called “close friends”. At the end of my sophomore year my brother Kevin was taken to the hospital after a severe accident with one of his friends, Kevin lacerated his liver, had over 100 stitches in his lip and face, several bruised ribs. I looked up to him for guidance rather than my oldest brother, I have always been closer to Kevin. I was becoming more withdrawn from my mom until I hated her.
I joined the Army in 86′, went to basic training the summer before my senior year. I came home after 8 weeks of basic training, this made me a lean mean fighting machine, so they called me. Found myself getting more and more involved with booze. I drank my senior year away, not knowing if I would graduate or not. I didn’t really care about school anyway, because I was to report back to the army after High School. Army life took me up to the point of 1990. Here is where my life started to turn around.
Her name was Serena, she caught my eye at a party we were both at. After getting to know her at the party, I knew she was my sole mate. We dated for several months, and at the end of 1990 I asked her hand in marriage, she proudly accepted, and from there it still seems like a great dream.
June of 2000, working at Pres Kool, a woman named Lisa came in for a routine oil change. Lisa, who I called a holy roller or Bible lady because she always had her Bible with her. She would preach the gospel to me every visit, except this visit was different.
Lisa asked me a direct question, “When you die, do you know where you are going to spend eternity?” I answered “Yes I know, I will be going to heaven, because I am a nice person and have not done anyone wrong.” She looked at me with a smile and said “Wrong answer” Showing me through scripture why my answer was not right.
Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
Romans 7:18“For I know that nothing good dwells in me”
Romans 5:8 “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”
Ephesians 2:8“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”
1 hour later, well after her oil change was done, Lisa advised me to seek the Lord for the correct answer. So I went home that night wondering if I was going to Heaven or Hell. I looked at all of our possessions and thought “did we get all this on our own, is this life Serena and I were living for, all for the devil; or for this God Lisa spoke of.
The morning of June 10, 2000, I was walking across the parking area at work, the Holy Spirit took over and convicted me of living for the devil, and everything in my life was wrong.. I was taken back to the day before, and heard again what Lisa said to me, “Trust God and ask for forgiveness, repent of all sins” and He will answer you. 2Corinthians 5:17 “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, and the new has come!” I placed all my trust in God that morning. That day was very different, I felt like I was walking on cloud nine. After going home that night, walking in the house, Serena asked what was the matter with me, “I was brighter than normal to her” I told her that I trusted Christ as my Savior that morning and how from now on, all this living for the devil was to go. She really didn’t understand, until our neighbor Cherie came over to tell her the Good News. Cherie is a Christian. I told her what happened, at that point she started to weep, praised God and proceeded to tell us that she had been praying for us to change our lives from the time we moved in next door to her. It was 1 month later, numerous questions from Serena, she then placed her trust in Christ.