I grew up in the south, where the tea is sweet and the summers are hot. My parents began taking my older brother and I to a small, young church when I was small. At age 11, something amazing happened there (this was 1970). In a short period of time, a number of hippie-freak types (genuine weirdos) came into our church and were radically changed.
I saw those young people so altered in their attention, so hungry to know God, so passionate about their relationship with Jesus, that I realized I had nothing like that–only a collection of Bible stories in my head. That August, I gave my life to Jesus Christ to use as He saw fit. I asked for forgiveness for all my sin, and surrendered my life to Him. I have never been the same.
For me the journey of following Christ started slowly but accelerated in my high school years. I began to love the Bible and saw God answer so many prayers. Since then He has given me a wonderful family and a place to serve. Believe me, the journey is awesome! Not always easy, but never boring, that is what following Jesus is about.
Check out my Church: Richland Creek Community Church, Wake Forest, NC