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Bramwell Applin

A Life Restored

I am the child of Christian parents who modeled what it means to be a servant of Christ. When I was seven I asked Jesus into my heart to be my personal savior. For the next number of years I became a member of the church, obeyed my parents, and was what I considered to be a pretty good kid. Then I became a teenager. I never considered myself bad, I still went to church on Sunday, listened to my parents most of the time, and didn’t swear in front of them. I did however like to go to parties and live the life of what society deems a “normal” teenager.

When I became a freshman in college, I began to feel like something was missing so I began searching. I started to read my Bible again, started listening to worship music, started to spend my weekends differently, I began to hear God call me back to Him. One day as I was driving, the song “Untitled Hymn” came on the radio. One line says, “come to Jesus and live” and it struck me, if I wanted to truly live and feel whole I needed to run to Jesus. I immediately pulled the car over and recommitted my life to Christ.

From that moment on I began to grow closer and closer to the Lord. I became more involved in my church and it's various activities. God truly changed my life. The things that had been so important were no longer of interest to me. God has given me the strength to do his work, which he has called me to. As I do this work, I am encouraged by Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” (NIV). I am glad to work for the Lord.