Surrendering my life: A personal testimony

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My Life Before Christ

As a child, I was a good kid.  Peers, family, and teachers liked me. My life was what I would consider average.  My goals were to have fun, and spend time with my family and friends.  There were no major traumas or upsets in my young life that I hold on to. However, I didn’t have anything else to compare it.

Looking back I remember that my father’s side of the family were non-practicing Catholics. My mom’s side was Protestant. I don’t remember anyone close to our family who claimed to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Since my mom is Part-Hawaiian and raised in the Hawaiian culture, we were taught that there is one “main” God. However, the Hawaiian culture has many gods, rituals, and superstitions.

How I Came to Know Jesus Personally

Occasionally, I attended a Pentecostal church with my mom. I went to prayer revivals; and I was also baptized in water. However, I never knew what it meant to accept Christ as my Lord and Savior.  When I was 12, my mom began attending a church with my Aunt Charlotte. My mom knew my Aunt for over 30 years before they both accepted Christ into their lives. I noticed something was changing in my mom over the next few weeks and every week she would ask my dad and us kids if we wanted to go with her and we all said, “No”.

However, one week, I really wanted to go to church with her. Nevertheless, my pride was telling me to wait for her to ask. If she did not ask this week, then I was not going.  John 6:44 says, “No one can come to me (Jesus) unless the Father, who sent me draws him.”  By God’s grace, my mom asked if I wanted to go to church. What is interesting is when I said yes, my two brothers also came with us.  I do not remember the message, only that at the end of the service there was an alter call; it was one week before my 13th birthday.  I felt led to go before the Lord, ask to have my sins forgiven, and be accepted as a child of God.  My life has never been the same. My Aunt Charlotte gave me my first Bible.  I loved going to her woman’s small group Bible study. Although I was the only “kid”, she allowed me to participate in the group prayer, Bible reading, and ask questions, so that I too, could learn God’s Word.

Evidence of a Changed Life

Since Jesus Christ became my Lord and Savior, things began to change in my life. I was still hanging around the wrong type of friends, who were a poor influence. I had one foot in the church and one foot out.  I was trying to get my life on track. I started to go to church regularly and read the Bible.  One of the major life changes for me was when I felt the Lord leading me to give up my non-Christian friends. With obedience comes growth. There was a sense of peace in having a purpose and guidance in my life.

As I read the Bible, I became aware that there is only one true God and He does not want us to worship any other god(s)/idols. Fortunately, my mom was also learning the scriptures.  We no longer participated in the Hawaiian rituals which can be seen as idol worship.

I believe that my life has changed from self-focused to Christ-centered.  A key scripture in my life is, Matthew 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”  During difficult periods of my life, instead of going into a panic, if I go to the Lord first – He gives me peace and a comfort that I do not understand. – Philippians 4:7

When I feel lost and confused, I can rest assured that if I, “Trust in the Lord, and lean not on my own understanding, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”. – Proverbs 3:5-6

When life’s challenges come my way, I seek counsel in other mature-minded Christians, not to gossip, but for prayer and guidance in His word. Having prayer partners worldwide increases my faith and helps me to encourage others in their ministry.

I am thankful for the grace and forgiveness of God, who gave us his only Son, who died for our sins, that we might have everlasting life. -B2B

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