by Lucy Cavanaugh
I am nineteen years old, and a freshman at the University of Arkansas, majoring in journalism with an interest in public relations/advertising.
I am a Christian, and I don’t mean a Sunday morning Christian. I have grown up and church and tried to just “talk the talk” and “play the game.” Growing up in church, I learned quickly the right words to say and the right way to act. I made a profession of faith when I was six years old. When I was nine years old, I came under conviction that I was not saved and that God really did not live in my heart. But I consciously pushed God aside. I acted as though I were saved for the next five years. I knew the whole time in my heart that I was not truly a child of God. When I was 14, my youth group went on a retreat. At this retreat, they had us give our testimonies of salvation. Well, I knew I didn’t have one, but all my friends thought I was saved. So, I kind of made up a bit of a story about how God saved me when I was six years old and that I never had any doubts about my salvation. The whole time I was telling this, I was thinking to myself, “I am such a liar. They can probably read right thought this story of mine!” and my heart was pounding so much! Well, the next morning we came back home. That Wednesday, during youth group, my youth leader (Bro. Ron) was talking about how he was witnessing to a lady at work that day, and everything I had ever been taught suddenly clicked. There in my seat, I turned my life completely over to God. Yes, I still have ups and downs and things still get busy and hectic, but you know, God is God and He can change even the worst person you can think of! He seeks and saves those that are lost. If you have any doubts about your salvation, or you have never truly even known what it means to be a Christian, please contact me, I would love to share it with you!