I love Hebrews 13.8 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” This gives me strength, knowing that His love for me will never change.
Growing up as a Catholic I always found it so hard to try and please God, making sure I wouldn’t break the order of praying every morning and night because if i did then God wouldn’t answer me or love me as much as he would if I prayed every morning and night. I almost found it impossible to get to know God. Going to mass every Sunday and doing the same thing each week, I knew in my heart there was more about God than what I was being told.
High School became one of the most challenging and difficult years of my life and I came to the point of wondering if God really did love me then why would He let me be bullied, hurt and lonely each day in school, what was I doing wrong? Were my prayers not good enough? Did He even love me?
I still remember the day I gave my life to Jesus and feeling the power and presence of the Holy Spirit all around me. All my younger years I questioned His love and now knowing that He is love and because of His love I get to live and live in power and strength made all the difference. I didn’t have to pray each night and day for Him to accept me because He already had even before I was born, but now because of His love I pray because I want to know Him, not because I have to.
Before I started Accelerate I struggled with my faith. I would always start things and then give up because I thought I wasn’t good enough to finish it. I would compare myself with others around me. I would start to feel my High School days creep up on me, which would then come between me and God. I would let fear take over faith. I had a passion inside me but no faith to keep the fire burning.
Over the past few months of being on Accelerate my life has been flooded by God’s love through my leaders and new friends. Jesus is perfect love who died for me even though I didn’t deserve it. He thought of me on the cross and He thinks about me even today. No matter what I went through during High School or before, I was always on his mind, the only difference is that I didn’t know then but now I do.
Accelerate has taught me to see God not just as my creator but as a Dad who gave me the best so I can live in freedom.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
This verse has given me so much confidence to step up and live bold. Accelerate has impacted my walk with God like never before. I used to find it hard to commit to areas of leadership and now I love it because I now understand the gifts my Father has given me to bless others. I now get to be an example of His love to others. His love has given me faith to keep believing in myself no matter how hard something might look or how difficult it might be. I know now that my Father’s love will help me get through it.
C7 Accelerate Year 1 Student