Hmm...looks like I'm the youngest Christian here...I love to share my testimony, though, so read on if you would like... :)
I was saved at the age of 25. I was working with a guy who I really liked and asked him to go on a date with me. He said that we couldn't date because we didn't share the same beliefs. Having worked with him for over a year, I knew that he was very dedicated to his church, but he never really explained why. He never really talked about God. I challenged him to tell me how he knew my beliefs, when I didn't even know myself.
I grew up sometimes attending a Lutheran church (my family was not interested in spiritual things). I stopped going to the church because I didn't agree with the things being said from the pulpit. I went to college at a Catholic University, but I didn't believe the teachings of the catholics either (who would???). So...I asked the guy to share his faith with me.
Over the next few months, we spent quite a bit of time talking about God and the Bible. Then, he decided to invite me to a bonfire and hayrack ride for his church, Grace Baptist. I had so much fun and the people were so nice!! A couple weeks later, the guy invited me to come to a Sunday night service. I was so NERVOUS!! I was afraid I was going to say something wrong or do something wrong. I must have changed clothes 5 times! I almost called and told him that I couldn't come. Satan was really trying to keep a hold of me. But, I fought against him and found myself at church that night.
Over the next few months, I started coming to church more regularly. I gradually added in Sunday morning services and (about a year later) Wednesday night services. I'm not sure when it happened, but at some point, I realized I would rather be at church than anywhere else. During this time, I continued to talk to the guy about church and we grew even closer. His mom started witnessing to me and praying for me. One night in October of 2006, she invited me out for dinner. While we were at dinner, I finally asked her a question that had been on my mind for a long time, but I was too embarrassed to ask her son. "What does it mean to be saved??" She didn't laugh at me at all. She simply gave me the gospel. The greatest gift that I have ever been given. That night on the way home, I confessed my sins to God, put on my faith in Jesus Christ, and asked him for my salvation. My life has never been the same...
I would love to say that I have lived for the Lord and for the Lord alone since then, but I haven't. I have made my mistakes. Luckily, the Lord is just, but he is sooooo good, too. He has forgiven me and picked me up when I have fallen. He has turned my heart to Him. I have grown more confident in my Christian life and have started sharing the gospel with others. I had the greatest pleasure of sharing the gospel with my youngest sister and listening as she prayed for her salvation. My parents have even started coming to church and ask me questions about God and the Bible. My life has changed so much in the past 4 years. I love my God more than anyone or anything! He speaks to me every day. He is my best friend...my mentor...my Father.
| Pounds lost: 17.6