We host a Christian Apologetics group in our home weekly throughout the school year where parents and children of all ages meet to learn how to answer some hard questions. It's based on 100 questions, statements or definitions from the Apologetics category of the NCFCA (National Christian Forensics and Communications Association). The kids working on "cards", or a presentation of each subject, range in age between 10 and 16, and we have "timers" who are as young as 7 years old. The fathers (and church elders or deacons) in the group present teachings each week on a new topic for the kids to get a start for where to do their research. And each week they ask if anyone would like to share their testimony. For almost a year now I've been trying to get my story figured out enough to write in out (so it's intelligible and not rambling) in order to be able to share it with the group. Well, it was crunch time as yesterday was our last meeting of the year and the parents had been instructed that instead of the kids giving their cards, the parents would share their testimonies.
Gulp! I'd better get mine done! So, after lots of prayer and several people listening to my (almost) whole story and giving some great feed back about some theological questions I had about salvation (can one walk in rebellion and still be 'saved'? etc.), I finally got it down on paper. After that I only had to get it typed (in the last 10 minutes before our meeting!). Now, fully typed up and already shared, I thought maybe I'd share it here for you all to read. I would like to say that for those who know me very well or for very long will see that I left a lot out of this story, but I hope that I've portrayed a real picture of the rebellious and hopeless periods in my life without all the gory details. This, after all is an overview, meant for a "G-rated" audience.
Without further adieu, here's my testimony: