Why did you get baptized?
I got baptized because I accepted Christ into my heart and into my life in July of 2013 and doing so completely changed my life. Baptism is a public confession of faith, and I felt it was time for me to show the world that I love The Lord and appreciate everything He has done for me. Baptism, for me, was the final step in giving myself to my Father, a way to show Him and the people close to me that I'm willing to dedicate the life He gave me to glorifying His name and following in Christ's ways.
How did you feel when you were baptized?
My baptism was an absolutely blissful moment between God and myself. Going under felt like the most natural thing the world, like I was brushing off all of my sin in the water and coming up as a new person. I had nothing but peace and joy in my heart. I was so content afterward, I didn't have a care in the world and the only thing on my mind was, "Woah, I just gave my life to God. God is with me, right now, and He always will be. I am forgiven."
What would you say to someone thinking about getting baptized?
You will know when the time is right. Get baptized by someone you know and trust, it will help calm your nerves and make the experience seamless. Getting baptized is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you do get baptized, remember the gravity of what you are about to do. You're going to give your life to Christ! Jesus Himself was baptized, and now you're doing the same. Clear your mind and have a private moment with The Lord. As you're answering the questions, try to comprehend what you're agreeing to. Baptism is a big deal! This is a milestone in your life that you will never forget.
Is there anything else you would like to share with others about your story?
Being baptized has allowed me to see that my sin doesn't define me. God loves me in spite of my sinful nature and He forgives me for my indiscretions. I trust in Him with my whole being and that trust has given me overwhelming peace and understanding in life. This life is a journey that ends in heaven with my Savior; accepting Him into my life and giving Him my sin has made this abundantly clear. My story has already been written by One who is much greater than myself, and I have been granted the extraordinary gift of giving color to the pages of that wonderful story. In this knowledge, I am secure and steady. I know that I am loved much more than I could ever comprehend.