When I was very young, my family occasionally went to church. We went mainly on Easter, Christmas, and if there was a special event, but we never went regularly. I never really understood the point of Christianity because it seemed like everybody gathered the same time every week to talk about how bad the world is and how we needed to change it, but we never discussed how it could be changed. Furthermore, I couldn’t understand the context of the KJV Bible, and nobody had really explained it’s teachings to me in detail.
While I was still attending that church, I went to Bible School with my cousin in a town near ours. On the Thursday night of the Bible School, we were shown a video of a submarine that had experienced a leak, and the passengers were unsure if they would survive. The pastor explained to us that you never knew when life could be cut short. He went on to share the Gospel with us, and that night, I accepted Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I was seven years old.
Even though I was saved, I didn’t know much about God until middle school. There someone shared the teachings of Jesus in a way that I understood and let me know that God wanted a relationship with us, not a religion. In high school, I found a core group of friends who loved God and helped me shake my old demons. These friends gave me confidence in my faith. Now I am the President of my school’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes and play piano player in a Contemporary Christian band. To God be the Glory.
Check out my Church: Brown Springs Baptist Church, Mosheim, TN