My identity in high school could be summarized as “Sarah the Overachiever”. I loved being busy and important and I felt my stress made me worthy of admiration.
When I came to college the individual pieces changed, but my identity of overachieving still remained the same. As an introvert, I found it hard to have deep friendships when I didn’t really want to talk to new people, but I finally made some close friends in my dorm and we bonded over being driven and overachieving and perpetually tired.
Fortunately for me, this was not the identity God had planned for me. My junior year, I had a Christian mentor come along side of me who helped me realize that trying to earn love by doing a lot of stuff wasn’t what God intended, and that I wasn’t really happy with this lifestyle.
That spring, I studied abroad in Wales and by stepping on the plane, I unknowingly shed my Overachiever identity and embraced a new “Christian” identity full force. Everything around me was changing–people, school, the language–the only thing that remained steadfast was God and his unshakable love for me.
I gave up the pressures I had placed on myself of being the perfect student and being pulled together, and leaned into the Sunday Sabbaths and small town community. I still had some rough days, but I was filled with peace and had joy from the fact that I didn’t have to prove myself in order to be loved by people or by God.
Now that I’m back in the States, I’m still figuring out what it means to be a Christian first and then a daughter and student and employee, but my life is still filled with a lot more peace and joy and I’ve put my life in God’s hands.”
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.