What was life like before you met Jesus?
I think that before I met Christ I had this need to fit in or more so find my purpose in life. I felt like I was severely lacking in purpose/identity, community, and meaningful Christ-like relationships. I felt this void that I tried to fill with meaningless jobs, relationships, drugs, and alcohol.
How did you meet Jesus?
I believe that God brought me through difficult friendships and romantic relationships that just left me feeling empty. I continuously questioned who I was, what the purpose of this life was, and who I wanted to be. The more empty I felt, the more I tried to supplement with partying and avoiding that little feeling that was trying to tell me right from wrong. I was chasing after meaningless love, lust, and things that were never going to fill my cup. It wasn't until I heard something from a friend that really made me think. She said to me, "Ya know, I've been where you are and I know what you're going through. You do these things to try and make yourself happy and it works for the time being, but then it leaves you feeling more empty than before. Well you know something that will make you happy and full no matter what? Jesus. Jesus is always there with you and with him you will always feel joyous." That has stuck with me and it brings me to the verse, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
After being saved by Jesus what is your life like now?
Looking back at everything I went through and questioned, I am eternally grateful for Jesus Christ. If it wasn't for him continuously shaping me and bringing me through each and every day, I wouldn't be where I am now. God has placed certain people in my life that I have had the opportunity to learn from and help me grow in my faith. I no longer get caught up in questioning my purpose in life because my purpose is with God. I am a child of God and my purpose is to spread the good news and love of God with others in everything that I do. I want to share with the world what he has done in my life and what he continues to do everyday. "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23