I was 17 years old when I heard a Campbell college student share his story at a weekend retreat on Oak Island. He shared that he grew up a good kid and believed in God but felt like God was far away. Through a friend, he came to understand that God knew him better than anyone and wanted a close relationship. He learned that he could talk to God and pray to Him directly, and that God would listen with great interest. As he was sharing, I knew he was describing me and what was missing from my life. I could see the distance between me and God and didn’t want it anymore. I gave my life to Christ as a thankful follower who is not alone and is as close to God as I want to be. I was brought near, and I was now an adopted child of God.
When God adopted me, I couldn’t contain my excitement for him. I’ve had highs and lows, but I still want to pour out my life to him and for him. Now I get to do that through Small Group Ministry at Hope Community Church, where I work to serve the dozens of leaders every day to advance the gospel!
If you feel far from God or this story has brought up questions for you, I would be honored to talk to you about it, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org