“The first time I remember remotely understanding the concept of Christianity and who God truly is, was when I was 12-years-old and had been invited to Youth Group at St Phils for the first time. This experience, however, was cut short by my growing commitment to competitive swimming which was consuming all of my time and, as I thought at the time, was my identity for a large part of my teen years.
At 14, I decided to make more of an effort and attend Church on a Sunday night as it was the one time of the week that I had away from swimming or school commitments. This experience helped me to understand Christianity and the depth of God’s personality in a new environment. At the time, I remember looking around to see a mature and intelligent group of people all gathered to worship and learn about God and I suddenly realised that I needed to be taking God seriously too.
Through the blessing of family support and prayer, God provided me with guidance in my decision to leave swimming behind and move on to a new chapter in my life. My faith in God allowed me to view life through a different lens; God’s lens. I discovered how much more diverse and exciting my life could be when I replaced the consuming nature of swimming with Christianity.
Although it was not instantaneous, after becoming a Christian I saw a real shift in my attitude toward life and other people. My growing relationship with God has allowed me to let my guard down and embrace more people and build relationships that I never believed possible.
Becoming a Christian has had an extremely positive effect on my life but I know I still have so much to learn and comprehend especially when I get doubtful and feel as though I am drifting away from God. When this happens, my faith reminds me to show no fear because no matter what happens God’s word and his promises will always prevail.”
1 Peter 1:24:-25
“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”