I grew up in the suburbs of Charlotte. During my formative years, I observed my family’s interactions with God— occasional prayers and even less frequent trips to church. These intermittent mentions of Jesus only confused me as a child; I could not understand why He was so important to some people.
This revelation would not come until my sophomore year at N.C. State. Over the course of nearly three months, a faithful friend invested in my life and told me about Jesus— who He is, what He did, and why He did it. This friend boldly called to attention areas of my life that I held firmly and refused to relinquish control of: the pursuit of a career and its accompanying financial stability, as well as an identity rooted in my ability to perform and achieve.
One afternoon, my friend explained in my desire for control of my life I was rebelling against God, seeking His throne for myself. He told me I was an enemy of God and deserved death for my sin; but, through Jesus I could become a child of God. As he spoke with me, the cogs in my brain started turning.
A few hours later, it hit me. I finally understood why Jesus was important. I began to see that Jesus was worth everything, and the life He promised was now the only one I wanted. More than that, I realized that if trusted in Jesus, nothing could ever separate me from Him. In that moment, I submitted my life to Him.
Since then, the Lord has remained a faithful and ever true friend. The Lord has continued to draw me near, deepen my understanding of His character, and call me to obedience. I am thankful and excited to be a part of the Mercy Church community, and to obediently follow God’s call back to the college campus!