I have always believed in the Lord as long as I could remember. I always felt a special connection to Him. I thought I was different. A time came when instead of standing out I though it was important to fit in. Instead of being a leader, I became a follower. In my heart, I was convicted, but I did not know what to do. I wanted to belong and to be loved. I wanted to be noticed, but no matter what I did, I couldn't find that feeling of completeness.
Things changed for me when I started working for a guy who was severely hurt in a diving accident. He was a quadriplegic. When I started taking care of this man, one of my jobs was to read the Bible to him. I was 19 years old, and for the first time in my life, I felt loved and a sense of belonging as I read the Bible. I began to feel like I fit in as I read more of the Bible, the Word. As I read the Word, I started to realize who I was in God's eyes, and most importantly, who He was to me. It was at this time, that I made a decision to believe in God.
During my search for truth and for God, I asked myself some questions: If I die today, how will I be remembered? What kind of mark would I leave and how would people remember me? What would people have to say about me? It was at this time, that I decided to give all of myself to the one who loved me first. Ecclesiastes 7:1 states a good name is better than precious ointment, and the of death than the day of one's birth.
I want to be known as a child of God and I choose to live my life for Christ.
By Tonikia Steans