Learning to Live Authentically
Growing up, I was no stranger to the church. My parents were involved in just about every activity the church offered and made sure I was not far behind in my participation. As a child I loved church, but more importantly Jesus with all my heart.
However, like many, my story is no different because as I grew older my love for Christ diminished. Though, I knew in my heart I was falling farther and farther away from Christ during my adolescence years, no one knew and I quickly became an impostor. I was the holier than thou girl while I was at church, but quickly transformed into an ungodly woman when I was not.
Nevertheless, the Lord completely changed my life by a simple conversation with a floor mate encouraging me to apply to work at Camp Allegheny. I was a little late in applying, but the same day I applied another worker had backed out, so I had a job! What I experienced at Camp Allegheny was a divine intervention that the Lord had planned for me. Everything about working at camp changed my life from the campers, workers, and overall atmosphere. For the first time in a long time I was surrounded by Christians who were transparent and authentic. I learned for the first time what it meant to live a true authentic Christian life. I reconciled my relationship with Christ and have not looked back.
I always say Camp Allegheny saved my life, but the reality is that the Lord used Camp Allegheny to spark a fire within me that has never dwindled since. My prayer every morning comes from the hymn Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and it is for the Lord to take my heart daily and seal it for His courts above.