When I was young, I spent a lot of time searching for my identity. I tried to find it through sports, friends, and school clubs but, I never felt that I had the identity or inner peace I was searching for. For most of my childhood, I passively grew up in my church. However, I was so busy looking for inner peace and identity elsewhere that I never thought of searching in my church. I was always busy with school and sports, so my faith came third. I grew up active at Custer Road UMC. The Youth Group is an amazing program that I am blessed to be part of and is a major influence on who I am and the values I hold. I always believed and never lost my faith but, I was really just going through the motions.
It was not until a few years ago that I realized what I was missing out on by not completely immersing myself into Custer Road UMC. I started taking full advantage of my church youth group and have gained so many blessings from it. From the group activities, I have learned that I easily advance my faith and identity when I focus my energy on Christ. I guess you could say, I completely dove in and ended up finding myself. I finally knew who I was and more importantly what I could become.
Colossians 3:17 (NIV): “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it All In the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
I want to be myself and Custer Road UMC provides the perfect place for me to do just that. I know that my faith will only be enhanced with the chances to grow even more. The Custer Road community is joined together in a singular faith for the Lord.
In finding my identity I found a calling to preach the word and spread it. More specifically, I hope to pour into the lives of youth who are struggling, help them discover who they are, and to show them how faith in God can light the path. Custer Road UMC has given me a strong faith, a loving mindset, and a care for my peers. This community holds a bond I and want to strengthen that bond by spreading His love to all. I believe God has blessed me with an ability to preach and proclaim His word. The Custer Road Youth Ministry has shared God’s message with thousands of youth and has helped lead those who might have gotten lost by showing them God’s unfailing and unconditional love. I know this to be true because it has happened to me.
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