This was written as a talk given to students at a retreat. Sarah was asked to speak about how her life has changed since she has come to know the love of Christ in her life.
My life has changed a lot over the last few months and i know it will continue to change as it goes on. Sometimes these changes are good and can benefit your life in the best ways. One of these changes happened to me this summer. My mindset about God changed. I had always believed in God but the reason I did was because I had been told to. When you are told something over and over your whole life it’s hard to find a reason for what you believe. It was normal to believe in God in grade school. I only started to question why I believed when I met people who didn’t. In high school it’s easy to push God aside and make excuses to not have him in your life. For me it seemed like the only option. I would tell myself that it’s okay that I didn’t have a close relationship with him because I wasn’t good enough. I struggled with this for a long time. And I really didn’t see a reason that I should consult God with any decisions I made. What helped me find God was going to younglife camp. I learned that no matter what you do or what choices you make God will always love you. I thought I was too far gone because I wasn’t making good choices in a lot of parts of my life. In Romans 5:8 “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This shows us that everybody sins, even if it’s the same sin over and over again nothing can separate us from Gods love. Another thing they talked about at camp was how Everything we strive for is a waste. It’s something different for everyone: Family; Friends; Boyfriend; Athletics; Success; Cash; Popularity; Stuff; Looks. We think, if I only had this one thing I would be happy but in reality what could any of these thing really give us? I spend a lot of time thinking about what I wish I had in my life. I’m climbing this ladder trying to reach all of these qualities but if I actually had them I still wouldn’t feel complete. It wouldn’t give my life any more purpose. What I should be climbing towards is God. And it’s okay to start small. I know It’s not easy to believe in him. We have so much pressure in society not to believe. We’re exposed to so much information and so many different opinions every day and it’s really easy to get lost in the details. People aren’t thinking for themselves anymore and it’s important to make a choice for yourself whether to believe in God or not. Not based off our your friends or what’s popular, just for you. In Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; Do not be discouraged, for the lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. So no matter what you are facing or how lost you are God will alway be there for you.