As a child my family attended church regularly. I believed that the Bible was true, but I really didn’t see how it applied to me. When I got older my family stopped going to church and problems developed at home. I felt the need to hold my family together and tried my hardest to do so. After years of failure I grew frustrated, bitter and depressed. I began to party when my parents weren’t around. When I entered my freshman year of college my lifestyle of carousing only increased. Eventually my weekly escapades turned more and more dangerous. It is by the grace of God that I led this lifestyle and still lived.
I knew something had to change. I was transferring to USF and I saw it as the perfect opportunity to get back to who I used to be. I began studying the Bible, but I only felt condemned. I believed Jesus came and died for the world, but I didn’t think He wanted me in His kingdom. I continued my lifestyle of partying on the side. At a conference that fall, I finally understood. Jesus didn’t save me because I’m holy; I’m holy because Jesus saved me. I gave my life to the Lord that day, but I had no idea what that meant.
For the next couple of months I struggled in my walk with Christ. I knew he wanted me to change, but I was afraid to lose my friends. Finally, I decided I would rather be alone and please God than continue sinning. The next time I was on campus I ran into a campus minister with Cornerstone and we began to do Bible studies together. Cornerstone has been the answer to my prayers. I have learned how to walk out my decision to follow Christ and I have even had the chance to travel and share my testimony with other college students during my Spring Break. I thank God every day that He provided me with a church family to help me grow in my relationship with Christ.