I grew up in a Christian household and put my faith in Christ at a pretty young age. It was one of those typical situations where there was a large storm, and I was terrified, and my parents used that as an opportunity to share Christ with me. Church and youth group were a big part of my life through junior high; when I went to high school I really started to live for myself. It wasn’t until my senior year of college when our family started to experience a lot of turmoil and pain, including my parents’ divorce, that I began to understand what it meant to have a personal relationship with the Lord. I started talking with my dad several times a week and was so inspired by his faith. Despite dealing with a dissolving marriage, almost losing his home and his business, I was so convicted by his never surrendering faith in Christ. Since 2016 I have rededicated my life to the Lord and to serving Him. Through Christ working through my father I began to see what it meant to serve others and to love unconditionally like Christ. I struggled with guilt, shame, and doubt due to the lifestyle I used to live. But I believe Romans 8:1 when it says, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” I believe that I am a new creation in Christ and that baptism is a symbol of the old passing away and me becoming new in Christ.
Austen was baptized January 31, 2021.