My Confirmation journey has sure been an unforgettable experience. Through Wednesday night classes, Sunday worship, and Sunday School my faith has changed in many ways for the better.
One way that my faith has changed is through finding God every week. I have begun to see him in different people and situations. I remember when I met with my prayer partner, Cindy Welch, she told me that she saw God in every single person, in different ways for different reasons. That got me thinking and began to make me look for God in people, which also began to help me to see the good in people. For example, I see God in my soccer coach, Jerry, every practice and game, because of him I am the soccer player that I am today. I see God in him because of that, every time one of my teammates of I have a breakthrough or learn something new.
I chose my Confirmation verse, Joshua 1:9, “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed for the Lord you God is with you wherever you go.” I chose this verse because I felt like it applied to my life in many ways. For example, when I think about big things in my life that are coming up, and as I have watched my older brother and cousins go through things like starting high school, learning to drive, playing high school sports, graduating high school, picking a college to go to, and so much more. I felt that this verse applied to everything that I am about to face in my future. To always remember that God is with me, and that I have nothing to be afraid of.
This Confirmation journey has been difficult for me. I am used to being told at school this is how you solve that problem, or this is what happened on this day in history, and this is what you should think about it. I am used to everything being black and white, but in confirmation it isn’t. You choose what you believe and what you think about it, you build your own faith with your own views and opinions on it. I have always gotten things easily at school. School has just come naturally to me, that type of learning has always made sense to me. But, building your own faith, that has been a struggle for me. About halfway through my Confirmation journey, my Mom and I sat down and I told her that I was having trouble understanding who God is, and why we worship him. She shared her views and opinions. After that talk I began to think about what she had said and thought about what stuck out in my mind about my faith, and it has changed throughout this journey.
As I was going through Confirmation my Grandpa was diagnosed with Leukemia Cancer. While we were all going through that I realized how blessed my family and I are to have many so many people who were texting, calling, praying, and offering help. Thanks to all of those people it has helped my family and I get through a tough time, and now my Grandpa is in remission and things are going a lot better.
In February, I went on an NJHS trip to Chicago for a LEAD conference. Through the sessions, I realized how blessed that I am. Keith Hawkins would always end his sessions by giving anybody who wanted to a chance to go up on stage and tell somebody there how thankful they were that they were in their life. There was one girl who went up there, and before she could even get the words out of her mouth, she was crying. She talked about how she had a terrible home life, was in eight classes instead of seven, when three of them were college classes, she played five sports had three jobs, and took care of her two younger siblings, basically full time. As she was talking I started to think of how blessed I was that I didn’t have to deal with all of those obstacles. All that I have to worry about is school, sports, and keeping my room clean. I also saw God in her because of all that she does and overcomes and still was able to smile and have a fun weekend with her friends. This helped me to realize how everyone faces unique challenges, and no matter what is ahead of me, I am blessed with the support of friends and family. And, just as my verse says, God will be with me through all that I go through.
I am very thankful that I had this Confirmation experience for my faith to grow, and expand my horizons as a person.