It was tough growing up as a young teenager. My family had gone through some struggles when I was ten years old, which resulted in my parents divorcing and not being able to see my dad. I had become quite insular and I knew I lacked a lot of confidence. I’m sure I was also very guarded with my school friends. I had been taken to church from a very young age, but while I still had some sense there was a God, I blamed him for all that I had gone through. I didn’t want to go to church and I didn’t believe all the things I had been taught in Sunday school.

I happened to find myself in a church on Easter Sunday 2011 and rather than switching off, I decided to listen to the church pastor speaking at the front and I heard him explain the key message of the accounts in the Bible. There is a God, the creator of the world, who loves each and every one of us so much, that he sent his one and only son Jesus Christ into the world. Jesus took on the rightful punishment of death, which you and I otherwise deserve for all our imperfections, when he died on the cross. Jesus rose three days later having conquered death and when we put our trust in Him we have the hope of eternal life in a perfect creation which God the Father is preparing. We also have the privilege of being adopted into God the Father’s family.

On that day, it seemed to make sense and I was quite taken aback to hear that God the Father loves me and I can be in relationship with him through his son Jesus Christ. At the end of that church service I said a prayer to God for the first time in years putting my trust in Him and accepting his forgiveness and offer of a relationship. Since then I have continued to study the evidence in the Bible for what God has done and is going to do. Nowadays, I really enjoy reading the Bible because I have more certainty in what God has done and I have become more confident in my identity as a follower of Jesus Christ. Over the years, God has helped me through life’s difficulties; today I feel more confident and I am able to be more open with my friends thanks to Him.

Bristol CU