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Matt Krueger: The Heart of the Matter

Matt loved to party, but a medical condition with his heart made that lifestyle extremely risky business. Read Transcript


I KEPT GOD COMPLETELY OUT

OF THE PICTURE BECAUSE I WAS

BUSY HAVING A GOOD TIME, AND

I DIDN'T REALLY WANT, YOU

KNOW, A RELATIONSHIP WITH

GOD.

HAVING A GOOD TIME WAS

THE MOTTO OF MATT KRUEGER'S

LIFE GROWING UP.

HIS PASSION AND ABILITY TO

PLAY SPORTS OPENED THE DOOR

TO PLENTY OF PARTYING IN

HIGH SCHOOL AND DURING HIS

COLLEGE YEARS.

I PLAYED SPORTS IN

COLLEGE, AT A SMALL SCHOOL,

AND HAD A LOT OF GREAT

FRIENDS.

BUT WE WOULD PARTY A LOT,

AND WE HAD A LOT OF FUN,

BUT, I JUST AT THAT POINT IN

TIME DIDN'T REALLY SEE A

NEED FOR GOING TO CHURCH A

WHOLE LOT.

HIS PARTYING CAME TO A

HALT WHEN DURING A ROUTINE

PHYSICAL IN COLLEGE, MATT

KRUEGER LEARNED HE HAD

CHOLESTEROL LEVELS OF OVER

400.

400 WHICH COULD LEAD TO

CORNER PLAQUE DISEASE.

THE NURSES KEPT ON COMING

BACK AND TOOK MY CHOLESTEROL

READING THREE TIMES BECAUSE

THEY COULDN'T BELIEVE IT.

BECAUSE MATT WAS ADOPTED

AS A BABY, HE DIDN'T KNOW

THE HISTORY OF HIS -- HIS

MEDICAL HISTORY.

HE CONTINUEED HIS WILD

LIFESTYLE.

I THINK ONE OF MY EXCUSES

WAS, LIFE IS SHORT, SO LET'S

PARTY.

I WAS YOUNG, I WAS IN GREAT

SHAPE, PLAYING SPORTS, AND I

WASN'T OVERWEIGHT.

MATT'S GIRLFRIEND TRIED

TO CONVINCE HIM TO BE MORE

COGNIZANT OF HIS HEALTH.

I GUESS I HAD TO REASSURE

HIM HE HAD A LOT OF LIFE

AHEAD.

AT 22, MATT WAS

RECOMMENDED TO HAVE

IMMEDIATE SURGERY.

MATT BEGAN TO GET SERIOUS

ABOUT HIS LIFE.

I REMEMBER THINKING TO

MYSELF, MAYBE IT IS TIME TO

KIND OF MOVE ON WITH MY

LIFE.

MAYBE IT IS TIME TO STOP

PARTYING AND HAVE A FAMILY.

Reporter: MATT AND

MARINA DECIDED TO MARRY.

WHEN HE WAS 26, HE AGREED TO

HAVE SIX STENTS IN HIS

ARTERIES TO OPEN UP THE

BLOCKAGES.

MY HEART HAD STARTED TO

GROW ITS OWN CAPLARIES.

BUT MATT'S SURGERY LED TO

SIDE EFFECTS.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, HE

BECAME FEARFUL OF HIS OWN

DEATH.

ANY LITTLE ACHE OR PAIN,

I WOULD IMMEDIATELY GO TO

THE THOUGHT OH, MY GOSH,

THIS IS IT.

SO MUCH SO I EVEN TOOK TWO

AMBULANCE RIDES TO THE

HOSPITAL AND THERE WAS

NOTHING WRONG WITH ME.

HE REALLY COULDN'T

CONCENTRATE ON ANYONE ELSE.

THAT WAS TAKING ALL OF HIS

MENTAL TIME.

I BATTLED WITH FEELING LIKE

YOU COULDN'T MEET HIS

EXPECTATIONS.

MATT'S BREAKING POINT

CAME AFTER A DAY OF DOING

YARD WORK.

HE BEGAN TO PRAY.

I SAID, GOD, IF THIS IS A

HEART ATTACK AND I DO DIE, I

WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M GOING

TO BE WITH YOU.

IT WAS KIND OF AT THAT POINT

THAT I TRULY, WITH ALL OF MY

HEART, ASKED JESUS INTO HIGH

LIFE.

I KIND OF HELD HIM OFF TO

THE SIDE FOR SO MANY YEARS,

AND IT WAS MY LAST HOPE AND

MY LAST OPTION.

BUT IT WAS MY BEST OPTION.

PEACE CAME OVER ME, AND NOW

I ALMOST FELT LIKE THE

DEVELOP CAN'T TORMENT ME

HERE.

MATT DIDN'T HAVE A HEART

ATTACK THAT DAY, BUT HE SAYS

GOD GAVE HIM A NEW SPIRITUAL

HEART.

THAT'S WHEN THINGS REALLY

BEGAN TO CHANGE.

PARMARINA WAS THE FIRST TO

NOTICE.

HE IS SELFLESS.

HE HAS AMAZING DISCIPLINE

THAT YOU DON'T SEE IN A LOT

OF PEOPLE.

AND HE'S GOT A HEART FOR GOD

AND A HEART FOR WANTING TO

SERVE, WHICH IS JUST 110%

OPPOSITE OF WHO HE USED TO

BE.

GOD DOES NOT GIVE US THE

SPIRIT OF FEAR.

HE GIVES US THE SPIRIT OF

POWER AND OF LOVE AND SELF

DISCIPLINE.

WHEN YOU LET GO OF YOUR LIFE

AND YOU GIVE IT TO GOD, HE

WANTS TO SHOW YOU HOW HE IS

FAITHFUL.

TODAY THE KRUEGER'S HAVE

FOUR CHILDREN, A SUCCESSFUL

BUSINESS AND A STRONG

MARRIAGE.

MATT HAS CHANGED HIS DIET

AND EXERCISES REGULARLY.

ALL OF THAT HAS GIVEN HIM A

MUCH HAPPIER HEART AND A

MUCH HAPPIER LIFE.

LIFE IS SHORTER THAN WE

THINK.

AND NONE OF US WANT TO THINK

ABOUT DEATH, BUT IT WILL

COME TO ALL OF US.

HE JUST WANTS US GOING

FORWARD TO CONTINUE TO LOVE

HIM AND TO GROW IN HIM.

SO WHEN WE GET TO THAT

JUDGMENT DAY, WE HAVE DONE

WHAT WE CAN ON THIS EARTH

FOR HIM AND WE CAN SPEND THE

REST OF ETERNITY WITH HIM.

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