My relationship with God is characterized by Him pointing to the one thing I don’t want to do and
then saying, “Go do that.” Yes, THAT thing- that uncomfortable, embarrassing, terrifying thing.
And no, not anybody else – YOU.
It all started in sixth grade at a summer youth Christian camp when I felt Him calling me to reach
out to the outcasts at my middle school… but this seemed like a strange thing to ask of an
introvert who was an outcast herself. During my freshman year of high school, a new exchange
student from Thailand joined our marching band. When nobody else seemed to be interested in
befriending her, God pointed the finger right at me. At the time, the simple act of introducing
myself to a stranger – especially when nobody else was making the effort to do so – was
terrifying. But what began as a command from God, turned into a great friendship and the start
to what would become my way of living out a life that displays the love of Christ.
The next year brought a new round of exchange students to our school, and soon I was the
official welcoming committee. Not only did I befriend these students, but I was able to share the
gospel with them. My junior year of high school, my family began hosting exchange students,
one of whom had never even heard of Christianity. I wasn’t ready to share the gospel with her,
but again God commanded me to take a leap forward – and now, three years later, she is
attending a local church. This exposure to the international community led to my interest in
studying the Russian language, my current major in college. Since then I have volunteered at an
English camp in Ukraine, where many Ukrainian students were saved. I travelled all across
Eastern Europe during my year of study abroad, during which I was the only Christian in our
student group and was able to introduce the gospel to one of my friends.
At each step, at each person, God asked me to step out and do something, or say something
that seemed ridiculous or scary at the time. EVERY time, that simple act of faith has led to longlasting
relationships and life-changing chains of events. To me, Christianity is not a faith of
“don’ts.” It’s a faith of “go do.”