Swimming With No Strength
One of the most influential times of my life was in the summer of 2006 when I went on a mission trip to the devastated city of New Orleans. The entire experience there was one that my mind will never let go of. One event in particular was when we drove to the Gulf of Mexico to clean up some of the shoreline houses and debris in the area. After we completed the clean up process, we were able to spend some time on the beach and enjoy the beautiful vast waters in front of us.
Some friends and I spotted a nice size rock formation that was, to our eyes, not that far from shore. We decided we would like to swim out there to the rocks for fun. One of the guys went to go ask Jason, our youth minister, if we could go. The guy came back and said that Jason gave us the okay.
The summer of 2006 was a very important time in my life. I had just finished Junior year of high school and so I was on my way to the biggest year of my general education career, Senior year. I had just received salvation from Jesus Christ right before summer had started. As a result of Senior year approaching and being filled with some much love because of my acceptance of Christ, I wanted to start growing into a God’s man, which is something completely different from an Earthy man. I decided to go on my first youth church camp. The experience of growing closer to God while being surround with other Christians that I adored was amazing. I had meet a couple of people on the mission trip that I went on before camp, that has ended up being some of my best friends. They decided to attend church camp too. We hung out a great deal of the time there and grew close together as friends and also brothers and sisters in Christ.
One of these moments of us together became a eye-opening experience that changed the way I looked at God. We decided because it was a beautiful day out after it had been raining in the morning that we would walk one of the many trails at camp.
Easter Sunday Revelation
During my Junior year of high school, I met this girl that would change my life in extreme ways. The most important way was also one of the happiest times of my life. She invited me to this concert that her church was having in March. I had such an awesome time that I was more than happy to accept her invitation to Easter Sunday at the same church in just a few weeks. My mother went on a cruise during that weekend of Easter Sunday so I went with just my friend and her family. I had not attended church in a very long time and the only times that I did was on special holiday, such as Christmas and Easter. When I walked into the church, I was shocked at how enormous the sanctuary was. I was a little intimidated by the size of the congregation because my family had only visited somewhat small churches since 1997 when we left our old church because of some leadership problems.