As a teen, predators in my life left me feeling worthless. I desperately wanted to be liked, but didn’t see anything in myself worth liking. It was an internal battle that I kept to myself. I didn’t share even with my closest friends. I didn’t trust that they would still be around if they knew the truth. I didn’t trust that family would still love me if they knew I wasn’t perfect. This lead me to want to wander off the path of perfection I tried to hold myself to attaining. But, something kept me tethered to the path and kept me from wandering too far. I was saved by faith.
I was very active in a church youth group. We went on mission trips to Tennessee every summer. The mission trips taught me to think beyond myself. They gave me hope and purpose. These experiences introduced me to the Christ who loves unconditionally, who offers grace to even me. This foundation of faith kept me tethered to the path that assured me life had a purpose even when I felt worthless and unworthy. I was saved by faith.
You got me when I was an unformed youth, God, and taught me everything I know. Now I’m telling the world your wonders; I’ll keep at it until I’m old and gray. God, don’t walk off and leave me until I get out the news Of your strong right arm to this world, news of your power to the world yet to come, Your famous and righteous ways, O God. God, you’ve done it all! Who is quite like you? You, who made me stare trouble in the face, Turn me around; Now let me look life in the face. I’ve been to the bottom; Bring me up, streaming with honors; turn to me, be tender to me, And I’ll take up the lute and thank you to the tune of your faithfulness, God. I’ll make music for you on a harp, Holy One of Israel. When I open up in song to you, I let out lungsful of praise, my rescued life a song. All day long I’m chanting about you and your righteous ways, While those who tried to do me in slink off looking ashamed. (Psalm 71:17-24 MSG).
I often ask God why He saved me? Why did I stay tethered to the path? It was so I would tell the world of His wonders. It was so I could tell others about unconditional love, purpose, grace and hope. I was saved by faith so others could know love, hope and purpose. Once you know love, hope and purpose you have to share it with others.
How are you sharing your story with others? How have you been saved by faith? How are you singing God’s praises? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.