Noah - Reborn
I feel like I was born inside of church. My parents are strong believers and I was introduced to Jesus as soon as possible. I still fondly remember nightly bible bedtimes stories as I was being tucked into bed. During my sophomore year of high school my Father and my Youth Pastor, Heith, had a big impact on me; and for a while I felt like I had a passionate understanding of what it meant to live for Christ. I felt alive from what my Father and Youth Pastor taught me, but one thing I didn’t feel during those years was control over my own life. My parents monitored me and what I was able to do. I felt like I did not make my own decisions. So when I went to college I saw the opportunity for me to do what I wanted for a change. I began to think thoughts like, “I have the rest of my life to get right with God. I’m going to do what I want for these 4 years.” Freshman year of college, I went to parties and drank. I lived a life of sin that hurt God’s heart and did not bring Him glory. I knew what I was doing was wrong. I strayed so far from God.
One night, I drunkenly stumbled my way back to my dorm room and passed out in my shower. I went too far and I was jolted awake from the sensation of inhaling water. I had turned on the shower but I left the drain closed resulting in a full tub. Waking up choking, I felt so much shame and disgust at the rebellious, sinful life I was living. I needed to change. So in that bathtub, with the shower still running, I confessed to God the sin I was living in and I rededicated my life to Him.
When I was at my worst, Jesus found me. He was ever faithful and loved me, despite the countless times I wronged Him. Jesus came to seek and save the lost and at that moment in that bathroom, I could not have been more lost in sin, and yet through Jesus I was found. I am loved and I feel whole because of him. Leaving the party scene behind, I joined a group called Chi Alpha. I met a friend named James and I learned what it is to be passionate and on fire for God. Jesus is better than any drug, party, or worldly pleasure that this life could offer. It has been almost 3 years since I have rededicated my life to Christ, and I have been walking with Him faithfully ever since. God has transformed my life and has shaped me into a new creation. I am born again.