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I was saved when I was… oh… 10 years old or something, plus or minus a few years. Point is I asked Jesus into my heart. It wasn’t until my mid to late teens that I really had a firm understanding of my decision, by firm enough, I mean I knew I really need to live for God and not just be content being ‘saved’. I was saved when I asked God into my heart…
… but I was not necessarily consciously living for God. The turning point I think was when I moved away from my parents house and was required to confirm my own identity, and live out my identity. I needed to make my own identity and I chose my faith in God to be a part of my identity. There are many things that make me,.. me. The biggest influence however is God in my life.
Has my life been easy? Well, look at the pictures above, its a visual metaphor… Yes, I did grow up in a christian family , what does that account for, nothing else then maybe that I had a better chance at sticking with God through the hard times. The path has been varied, I would guess that I’ve done the full range of things that teens get in trouble for, and possibly I’ve been involved
in more things then most. But.. experience, good or bad is helpful. With experience comes knowledge, knowledge + experience = wisdom and wisdom demonstrates maturity and is the evidence of maturity, in faith and in life in general. It sounds bad but I would not trade my rebelliousness or all the trouble I got into when I was younger for anything. It has helped paint the portrait of my life.
When faced with low points, troubles, things that seem impassable, what do you do?Give
up and sit down? Being human, we can’t help but try to get out of it. You may think yer
stuck in mud and no-one else in the world is.
Truth is that there are many going through similar things. As humans, we do eventually push or pull ourselves out of life’s hard-times. Its wired into us to survive. When you get through it, you’re dirty a bit, remnants of the experience stick to you.
You’re left cleaning off as much as you can but some stuff will stick with you your whole life. Nothing you can do about that, thats your portrait, your life story. Its those experiences that you’ll remember, and those are the ones you’ll probably retell over and over. So though my walk has had ups and downs, still I get through life, I walk, I run, I climb, I fly and I do all with the faith that Jesus is beside me every step of the way.