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Hi, my name is Sam, I have struggled my walk with Jesus throughout this past year. Especially during the summer because it was filled with times I didn’t even think I could go through. I found 5 of the greatest friends I could have because they actually accept me for who I am. It is crazy how much you can go through in 8 weeks of summer. I have had lovely times and bad times, my friends have filled me with joy every day, they are the thing that has helped me to not give up on my faith, they help guide me onto the right path.

Before the summer I was a Christian who says they are a Christian but never actually shows that they are. I always told people, Jesus loves you, Jesus cares about you, but soon I started to wonder if Jesus ever loved and cared about me. I tried my best to believe that he did but I just couldn’t think that. So I thought that summer camp would help, and oh boy it helped a lot.

The first week I worked God surrounded me with people who cared and loved about including my friends/bosses Taylor and Elijah. They were some of the people who carried me through the summer, for instance, one night at camp I was so scared about something so Eli stayed up for about an hour and 20 minutes, listening to me ranting and giving me advice to a bunch of different situations I was in. Also there was Taylor, looking out for me every time I started to do something stupid. She would just say Sam with a loud voice and then I’d realize what I was doing and stop being stupid, I know that sounds little but it helped so much because it meant that someone was looking out for me. Taylor would also give great advice for anything I was doing. Then finally the end of summer came and I was so sad to leave all my friends that I made, I was finally apart of a community.

Then about 2 weeks later I was at church with my friends listening to the service outside then I started to talk a lot with my friends Trey and Hunter, then this man walked up to us and got mad for us talking and we were wondering why he just didn’t go into the service to listen, so we thought of him as a grumpy old man. But after the service he walked up to us and apologized for coming off rude, of course, we said you weren’t, but then he just went into a story of how he wants us to listen to the gospel being preached, and I started to listen more because I genuinely thought it was interesting. He kept on talking about the gospel and how it is important, then he started talking about how he goes out every day and preaches the gospel to homeless people hoping and praying that they would accept God into their hearts. He told us that he thought if we would listen we could go out and do this too, I thought this was super cool. But overall my friends and even strangers helped me gain my faith back and make it stronger. 

1 Corinthians 2:10-12 says these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

May these words bless you today.


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12 comments

  1. Thanks for your story Samuel, it is really cool that you have found a community that you can go to for your faith.

  2. thank you for your story.

  3. I think it’s really cool that you took advice from God through your friends and applied it to your life, not many people can do that.

  4. Thank you for sharing, I’m glad you had friends to support and be there for you.

  5. Thank you Sam I really appreciate you sharing, I think this is a very awesome experience you had with that man and his story.

  6. dang bro, that was really good

  7. thanks for your story

  8. I love that you love going to summer camp to get closer to God and love how you like seeing and getting closer to God.

  9. Thank you sam for telling us about your story and this impacted my day thank you

  10. this story really hit home for me thanks for sharing

  11. Nice one Sam, I like how open you were with your experience, and I think you really spoke well. I also liked your point about being a Christian, but not acting like one. Many people struggle with that, and you spoke about it well.

  12. Over 1000 views… I wonder why…

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