He soared to the top of recording charts, but one incident changed his life’s course.
Tony Fontane was a popular American recording artist during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Born in Michigan, he was the son of a railroad worker who had converted to Christianity and moved the family to North Dakota where he operated a mission and lived in poverty. As a result, Tony hated religion. Singing was his passion, and he eventually flourished. He even celebrated notoriety on several television shows.
But life changed on September 3, 1957. Having just finished a television rehearsal, Fontane was driving to his California home when another driver ran a red light and plowed into his sports car. Rescue workers labored for several hours before successfully extricating him. He was rushed to the hospital where he remained in a coma for 30 days.
Fontane later wrote that it was while in a coma that God appeared to him in a vision and gave him one more chance. And he took it. He switched from atheism to Christianity and began a career in gospel music where he refused to sing anything else. As a result of a lawsuit with the William Morris Agency for breach of contract, he lost everything. But he actually gained it all when he made the big switch.
And this is true for anyone who chooses Christ. This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. “The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (II Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
My old things passed away at nine years of age-not totally in practice but completely in God’s sight. He took away the old sinful nature and gave me a new one with fresh wants, desires, and ambitions. No longer am I after what I or the world offers; I simply hunger to be obedient to him. Even if it costs me everything.
What better way to begin the New Year than in a relationship with Christ. Have you made the big switch?
Prayer: Give us courage all-powerful Savior to choose You over anyone and anything else.