I was raised in a non-denominational church in Norman, Oklahoma. This church was also the place where I gave my life to Christ at the age of 12. I was water baptized in the sanctuary after I made this declaration. It wasn’t, however, until I was in my twenties did I realize what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. The decision I made at 12 was to secure my salvation.
I believed in God and knew Jesus was God’s Son, but I did not know much about the Holy Spirit and the role He plays in our lives.
Our family was not regular church attenders, and we drifted in and out of church. I went solo to church for a few years in high school. Even though my relationship with God wasn’t consistent, I always remained curious about God and His Word.
I became committed to the church through serving in Youth Ministry. It was at this point in my life that I began to understand, and have the desire, who God is, what His purpose was for me, and the role He wanted in my life.
The greatest lesson I have learned from following Jesus is how much grace He continually offers me. I did not make the best decisions while searching for who I was and who I was supposed to be. His grace is unmerited.
I did not have to earn it or pay for it. He was ready to pour it over me like warm bath water, rinsing the soap off from top to bottom. All I had to do was say “yes”. Now, I am drenched. It is His grace that continually pulls me in towards His Word, towards the Cross, towards His Kingdom.