Journey to the Incredible – Ashley Finlay

Since starting Accelerate my life has changed so much. I am more confident in myself and the way I view what I do in life. I also have a greater understanding of God’s word and how I approach the Bible.

When I started Accelerate I was a relatively new Christian having only given my life to Christ a few months earlier. At first it was a scary experience as I felt I had little knowledge of the Bible and the books within it, but after I started I was learning so much and even communicating Biblical teaching to others. I realised that all through my life I had carried Biblical principles and standards without ever knowing it!

My leadership skills have also improved and I have so much more confidence in leading others.

Each semester holds new things that help you grow and also challenges you in ways you never thought. I am only in Semester 2 but feel like my character has become so much stronger and I see myself so much more positively. I now no longer have the fear to speak God’s name to non-Christians and mention Him in everyday conversations at work. I’ve found that people are interested in what the Bible holds and since starting Accelerate I now know where to get key scriptures from and explain the background behind some of the books.

I have also gained some amazing friends and learnt skills that I never thought I would be able to do! There are so many great mentors that help you and support you along the way. The 10 hour and 5 hour areas of the internship can be challenging but I’ve found that the more you push into them the more you get out.

Since starting the course I’ve found my passion for media again and am loving learning new things and progressing in what I already know.

God’s word is so amazing and it’s pushing me to challenge the way I lead my own life. Since Accelerate started I see relationships differently and value my own worth a lot more. I won’t settle for less and I know that I have a purpose in life and God is always with me no matter what I do.

I am not sure what the future is for my life or what I will do next but I know that without Accelerate I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I have grown so much in a short space of time. I have learnt so much and still have so much knowledge to gain as I move from Semester 2 to Semester 3. It has definitely challenged me but in a good way. I feel like I am closer to people and have resolved some of the previous issues I had within myself. I have grown in maturity and continue to mature each day.

Ashley Finlay
C7 Accelerate Year 1 Student

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