This year in Upward basketball instead of people presenting devotions at half-time, people are giving their personal testimonies. This is relief since last year I gave eight half-time devotions in one day! I like speaking but that was an incredibly long day. Before the season began I signed up to speak on this Saturday, well actually my mom signed me up when she signed up to give her testimony also. This was not a big deal for me to do this, part of what I do in my career is speaking in front of people. However a few days ago I discovered something very interesting. As I looked at the calendar I realized that I was not just speaking on any Saturday, but January 29th is my salvation birthday. It was on this day as a 5 year old that I gave my life to Jesus Christ making Him my Lord and Savior.
I remember that night very clearly. I had been going through a season of confusion and began to ask my parents questions about Jesus, heaven, and hell. I was watching television that night when a man dreamed that he had died and went to hell. I was scared and realized that night that if I died then I would go to hell because of the sin in my life. I talked to my parents and that night in my bedroom I confessed to God that I was sinner and believed on Jesus Christ that He died for my sins and rose from the grave on the third day. I committed my life to Him forever changing my life.
I am so thankful for what Jesus has done for me. As I shared at Upward today, one of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 which states (my paraphrase) "For I know the plans I have you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, but to give you a future and a hope." In the midst of my failures, and even in the midst of my own self-esteem issues, I can take joy in knowing that God has plans to use me.
What a privilege and honor it was to share my testimony today 24 years after Jesus Christ saved me!