I grew up in a family where we never went to church or even talked about God.
Although we had Fellowship of Christian athletes at my high school and people would invite me to go, I was a little bit intimidated. I thought, what if they ask me to pray out loud or find something in the Bible? I would look stupid.
I decided not to go to FCA, but when I attended the University of Michigan to play volleyball, I told myself that if there was a similar group, I wanted to go.
A couple weeks into my first semester one of my teammates invited me to an Athletes In Action meeting and I thought, here’s my chance to learn about God. I didn’t know what to expect.
I found people there so different than other people that I had met on campus. They were authentic and it was very attractive to me. I kept going back. Bruce [Dishnow, a staff member with Athletes in Action] said he would like to get together on campus some time. He shared the Four Spiritual Laws booklet with me, and it was the first time I ever heard the gospel.
I always thought that being a Christian meant following enough rules, and if I happen to do enough good things one day the scales might tip in my favor and I would get into heaven. I learned that day what Christ had done for me.
I remember I pointed to the Four Spiritual Laws and said, “People don’t know this. We need to tell people.”
So that night I went back to my dorm room and looked it all over and thought about it some more. I decided that’s what I wanted for my life and I prayed and asked Christ to come into my life.
Before I became a Christian it was like I was driving with a dirty windshield. I could still see, but I didn’t know how much clearer it could be with Christ. It was like I pushed the “clean windshield” button. My eyes were opened to a whole new way of looking at life.
Bruce also led my husband, Colby, to the Lord, and now we both serve with Athletes in Action at Michigan.
When I came to Michigan, I was intent on going to med school and wanted to help people. After I became a Christian, it was like God said “You can help people in another way. You don’t have to help people through medicine.”
You too can discover what Sarah found out – how you can know Jesus personally and be forgiven.
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If you are reading this and for some reason you hate God, and you feel alone, know that He is constantly loving you. He will turn the situation around. Therefore, choose God as He chooses you.
It could be said that I grew up in the church, however, my heart was not entirely in it.
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