I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me. No wonder my heart is filled with joy, and my mouth shouts His praises! My body rests in safety. - Psalm 16:8-9
I grew up as a carefree little girl spending most of my time playing with my older sister and our friends. Although we attended church faithfully each week, what I learned didn’t impress me enough to consider how to apply what I was learning to my life. When I was a senior in high school, one of my friends was killed in a car accident. This tragedy got my attention and for the first time in my life I desperately wanted to know whether or not God existed, what the purpose was to life, and whether or not there was life after death.
I had no idea where to find the answers to my questions. Although I had learned many stories about Jesus I never personally connected the dots to understand who He was or the significance of His life and death. I just thought He was a good man and a good teacher. I knew that other people believed in God but I was not convinced that He was real. During this time of searching, even though I didn’t know it, in my own way I was seeking the Lord. In this process, I learned the truth that in the Bible there is a promise that if we seek for Him with all of our heart, we will find Him.
Surprisingly, the answers walked through the front door of our home when my older sister returned from Purdue for Christmas break. Unknown to me, she had become a Christian while at college. Her boyfriend had shared an illustration with her that helped her understand that attending church and being an American did not automatically make her a Christian. As she shared this same illustration with me, I learned that there really is a God and He loves us so much that He sent His one and only Son to die for our sins so we could be forgiven and live with Him eternally in heaven. Using verses from the Bible and drawing out a picture she answered all of my questions.
I learned that the purpose of my life was to know and love God and to love others. What she shared with me really made sense and I believed in my heart that it was all true. I was very encouraged to have my questions answered, but she explained that I needed to express my belief in Jesus by asking Him into my heart. I needed to commit my life to Jesus. At this time, I wasn’t ready for what I thought would mean changing my life.
I was concerned that committing my life to Jesus would lead to a very boring life. At the age of 18, I was not ready for a boring life. I thought that perhaps when I was around maybe 40 years old or so I might then be ready for a mundane existence. But not yet, there was much fun in store for me, or so I thought.
The following summer I had an opportunity to meet a large group of Christian college students who met weekly and had a lot of fun together playing volleyball and listening to different Christian speakers. At the end of the summer I attended college as a freshman and decided I was ready to commit my life to Jesus.
I’d figured out that the Christian life wasn’t as boring as I had imagined it to be. I also realized that I needed Jesus right then to help me make it through the challenging college years of my life. I felt that if I waited any longer I could easily make a mess of my life. I’m so thankful that I made that decision when I did.
By this time in my life I have been a Christian for a little over 50 years. I can now honestly say that committing my life to Jesus was the very best decision I have ever made. Through experience I have discovered that the Christian is far from boring. It is not only exciting and full of adventure and unexpected joy, there is also deep abiding peace in the midst of heartache and difficulties. Jesus and His Word have guided me every step of the way. I have made many mistakes and hurt others along the way, but each time I’ve been able to get back up and keep on going because I know that Jesus loves me and He has a very special purpose for my life.
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