|By Lauralea of Of A Single Heart|
I chose Christ as a little girl because I knew I was never going to be good enough to get to heaven on my own! I was a classic good girl, always doing things the right way, but for myself. I wanted the credit. I wanted the fame. The glory. The power. I came to the end of myself and realized I was only human. Christ pursued me and I came to the end of myself. I believed that Jesus Christ could make me right with God, believed He died for me, and have followed Him ever since. Life has its ups and downs and I'll never be perfect, but acknowledging my imperfection and turning to Jesus fill my lack of perfection is all I need to be accepted in God's family. I've learned you don't always need to have a really bad history to come to Christ. God gives grace to good girls too, if they stop being good for the sake of 'being good' and come to Him in repentance of self-righteousness.
2. How did you change?
I changed my motives. With the Holy Spirit in me, I stopped doing things for my own merit and popularity. It has been a struggle, no doubt. I'm still not perfect nor will be. But God gives grace and I'm going to live in that. I want to serve my King! Being good for goodness sake didn't satisfy me. It just made me a real snobby goody-goody. Now my focus is making Christ known, not me. I have been able to do things for God through being a friend, being more open to the next thing God plops in front of me, helping in Muslim & immigrant outreaches, mentoring tween girls at my church, teaching children's classes at my church, and this fall I'll be going to Africa for a few months to work with orphans and at-risk girls. It's not about me anymore. It's Jesus! Anything good you see in me is because of Him.
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