I’m going to start this by saying: I AM NOT PERFECT!!
(Let’s get that out on the table before I start.)
I am nowhere near perfect. My life is always in shambles and I make mistakes.
To err is human. As humans, we sin and make mistakes. We all do.
Before I got baptized in 2015, there were a host of people telling me not to do it…that I was making a mistake.
“You’re in college” “You’re too young” “You haven’t lived your life yet”…….
But, I knew there was a God out there that was looking out for me, regardless of how much I knew I didn’t deserve His grace. And my Pastor always said to me, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) … so how was I supposed to keep living my life having not given myself to God?!
So I went ahead and did it anyways 🤷🏾♀️
I took the plunge & became a baptized member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Being a Christian does not mean that I am perfect. It does not mean that I do not make mistakes either. I’m not going to lie. It has not been the easiest journey, especially while in college. College is known as the time to make mistakes. People say this is the last time in our lives where we can willingly make mistakes and not be judged.
Being in college, there have been times where my faith has wavered. Times when I didn’t keep the Sabbath (because I had papers due, duh 🌝). Times when I fail to pray because life is coming down on me.
But it has all been worth it. I can honestly say that my journey towards a better relationship with God has been amazing for me. Even with the minor mishaps and trials.
Temptation has knocked EVERY step of the way, but never ceasing prayer is how I try to fight it. I have not done a complete transformation, but I have noticed immense changes in myself that I know only happened by the grace of God.
So being religious does not make it so that I don’t make mistakes…it just brings to light the mistakes that I do make, and forces me to make the conscious effort to not make those mistakes.
But I do. I make mistakes all of the time.
But, being religious and believing in God gives me the space to do that and understand that there is a God out there that is forgiving and will right my wrongs.