Submitted by Sam Lawrence
Ever since I was born, I thought I was a Christian. I was dedicated at Willow Creek when I was 4 weeks old. But when I started to go to school, I didn’t hear anyone talking about God or their religion. I was scared that I would be judged by others since I only went to church with my family on Christmas Eve and Easter Morning. I began to realize that I was not a true Christian in my heart. I put other things in front of my love of Jesus, and I cared about what others would think of me. The Bible says, “These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.” (Isaiah 29:13) This made me realize that I was not a true Christian in my heart.
One day, a close friend of mine, Gracie Lou Lenz, invited me to go to the Montgomery House group. By then, I honestly didn’t even know if God was real. I felt like I had one last puzzle piece missing in my mind, and that with that puzzle piece, everything would connect. I decided to go, and to this day, that was the best decision of my life. I made new friends and I learned the most important lesson in life that helped me find the last puzzle piece; that Jesus died for my sins because he loved me.
After making the decision to accept Jesus, my whole life changed. I’ve made new, outstanding friends at Silver Birch Ranch Camp and in my home life. And I am much closer to my family. My sister and I enjoy going to camp and we love going to house group every Wednesday. My sister and I pray and are thankful and blessed to have Someone watching over us and see every happy moment and sad moment in our life. Jesus stood with us through everything just like Timothy says “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me.” – Timothy 4:17
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