Is Your Faith On the Back Burner?
I grew up in a family where both of my parents were Christians, so as far back as I can remember, I have been a Christian. That didn't really mean anything to me until the third grade. It was in my third grade Sunday School class where I really started to understand what it meant to be a Christian. During that class I was taught that my faith wasn't just about a bunch of rules I had to follow, but it was about a God who loves me endlessly and wants to have a relationship with me.
As I got older, I let my faith sit on the back burner. Most of my friends growing up didn’t go to church, so I thought if I talked about church around them, they would think I was weird or not cool enough to hang out with them anymore. As a result of that, all throughout late elementary school and middle school nobody could tell I was a Christian. But in the summer going into my first year of high school, I went on my first mission trip to Guatemala. On this mission trip, we had to sit with people of all ages, in a remote village, and share our faith with them. It was in sharing my faith that I was able to solidify my own. It was on this mission trip where I truly came to know Christ. I was taught that accepting Christ was not a one-time decision, but a lifestyle. Since that trip I have been running after Jesus, sometimes I lose my way, but Jesus has been faithful in always leading me back to Him. As I have grown in my faith, Philippians 3:7-11 has been a huge motivating factor in pursuit of Him. Understanding that there is nothing in this world that can compare to knowing Christ is what keeps me going.
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