I came to realize that having a relationship with God was the right thing to do at an early age. I was in the fifth grade when I decided that I wanted to get baptized, because that is what saves you right? At that point in my life, that was exactly what I thought. Just keep doing the right thing and that will make you good enough.
As I went through life feeling that I was okay with my relationship to God, I became more aware that a relationship with Christ involved more than baptism. As I was attending church camp, it was clear to me that every part of my life should be centered on Christ. During my junior high years, I understood that I needed to ask Jesus to come into my heart. Lying in bed one night, I thought to myself, “If I have never asked Jesus to come into my heart, then I am going to do that right now.”
After truly coming to know what following Christ is like, I have been able to see the incredible amount of blessing God has in store for me daily. However, I still struggled with my belief that my testimony was not powerful enough to win anyone for Christ. During a retreat I realized how wrong I was because it is rare to grow up in a home with parents still married. I now see that God has had a plan for me and wanted me to know Him at an early age.
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