Hello! My name is Nick Graff and this is my family (not including our pups)…
I live in Round Lake, IL and love to hang out with family and friends, grow closer to Jesus, play golf, and make Real Estate deals.
I co-own a Real Estate company. I grew up learning about Real Estate and with the help of my parents, bought my first investment property at 19.
Then, I got licensed and bought and sold Real Estate for almost a decade.
When the market crashed, God brought me to my knees…
I lost my income, my properties, and almost my wife.
It was pretty tough but it turned out to be the single most important event in my life.
When we got married, Farrah took me to her church and over the course of a few years, I learned how much God loves me and how He wants to have a relationship with me.
That blew my mind because I always thought He had more important things going on… like managing the universe.
But I also learned how BIG God is… He is infinite (Revelation 1: 8)… He breathes things into existence (Psalm 33: 6)… His thoughts are not my thoughts (Isaiah 55: 8)… and He wants to be my friend (John 15:15).
I used to hold Tiger Woods on a pedestal. I went to a PGA tour event and made eye contact with him. I was overcome with a sense of awe. But then I realized that God made him.
He is a powerful and good God and I am blessed by Him. He sent Jesus to live, die, and rise again so that we could be made right with Him. Because I believe that, God promises me eternity in heaven with Him. The same promise is available to you.
I have been doing life with God since 2009, and I have not experienced any downside. Yes, I have been asked to make some changes in my life but each time it has proven rewarding to me. So much so that I believe God does not want us to repent from our sins because He is punitive. I believe He wants us to repent because He can see our future. He knows what is best for us… and just like my earthly father, He doesn’t want me to learn things the hard way.
It’s like the saying… an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
While I have not experienced downside, the upside has been great! I am excited about Jesus’ return. I look forward to the day when He takes me into paradise forever. This world is tough and even if I am wrong… I still benefit from peace on this side of eternity.
To prove it, I think of terrorism…
Their god asks them to kill (so does Satan… hmmm I wonder if that is their god).
My God asks me to love… not the fluffy cupcakes and colorful butterflies kind of love, the “others first” kind of love… the kind of love that takes effort and requires me to challenge myself.
But that doesn’t mean my life is hard. God has also given me people, pets, and Jesus to love me back.
But love is a sacrifice… it’s hard work… so why live a life in service to others?
Because Jesus did.
I am grateful for what He did for me.
So when He asks me to visit someone in prison or help my wife around the house, it pales in comparison to the torture and death He experienced at Calvary (for you and me).
If you are on the fence about your faith and would like to talk… send me an email to email@example.com and I would be happy to have a conversation. I promise not to condemn you for your beliefs and would love to hear your story.
A couple other resources…
My church: chapel.org
Safe place to explore questions about God: EveryPerson.com