Hi, my name is Reagan (yes, like the president) and this is my Changed Life Story. I wasn’t raised in Church. I went to church until I was about 5 years old. I’m not sure why we stopped attending, but I didn’t care much because it meant I could sleep in on the weekends and didn’t have to endure the car rides with my father each week. I was pretty happy about that. Since we attended church until I was 5, I always knew there was this God “thing”, but I didn’t know much more than that.
Growing up, I didn’t have the greatest childhood. There was a lot of abuse of every kind in my home (hence why I was glad I didn’t have to endure Sunday morning car rides with my father). By middle school I basically forgot about the God “thing” and continued to live my life. I was depressed, but I couldn’t tell anybody and continued to fake being okay for my mom’s sake. I
I had a friend in high school whose parents were ministers. I spent a lot of time at her house where her mother lifted me up and reintroduced me to Christianity. When I turned 16 and got my first truck, I decided I wanted to start going to a youth group. I thought what I learned at youth group was interesting, so I knew when I came to college I wanted to become involved to learn more about it. Even though I was pursuing growing in my faith, the relationships in my life continued to be broken and unhealthy.
Freshman year of college, I got involved in Cru and loved the atmosphere and community. I thought I was solid in this new faith when I began to date my first “real” boyfriend. The relationship had its highs and lows throughout the years as they usually do, but eventually it ended. I was so mad at God and didn’t understand why it ended. Confusion and hurt took over my heart and it felt like all the brokenness from my past was coming back along with the hurt from the present. When it ended, I was at my lowest point in life because I realized I believed in God and I called myself a Christian, but I had placed my identity in the now ended relationship.
I lost a lot, but it was in my lowest point when God redirected my eyes back to him. I learned this life is not about my plans, but the plans God has for me. I became more involved in Cru and grew deeper in my faith. I began working at a foster care and adoption agency which turned out to be therapeutic for me in helping me heal wounds from my past. I am now able to use this job to indirectly show my coworkers and the kids on my caseload the love that God has for them. I am stronger in my faith than ever and even got baptized on April 30, 2017. On occasion, I still fall back in remembering the hurt from my past, but it is so much easier to get back on track by remembering that God is there for me through all of it. Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble”. I place God first in my life and can now recognize all the blessings he has given me. I have healthier relationships and realize I am worthy of love and acceptance for who I am, as a daughter of the king.
Just like you heard a story of a life changed by Jesus, This could be your story too and it begins by inviting Jesus Christ into your life by faith. The greatest story happened two thousand years ago when God sent his son Jesus Christ to live a perfect life, and to die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This righteousness of God is given “through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3:22) so that we can have a personal relationship with God both now and after we die in heaven.
Your story could change in a moment. The Bible says “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This could be your story. You can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith. Romans 10:9 says “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” You can invite Jesus into your life right now by praying this prayer.