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by Gracie Adamek
For a good portion of my life, I’ve heard and seen stories on the news about mothers and fathers totally broken down because their teenage son or daughter was killed in a car accident.
For 14, almost 15, of my 16 years of life, I’ve been able to think, “Wow. I could never imagine that happening to me or someone I know. God would never let me be affected by something like that!”
And then, three days before my 15th birthday, I had to face that awful reality when one of my very best friends was killed in a car accident. The reason my heart is so heavy all of the sudden and why those memories from that day, over a year and a half ago, are coming up is because very recently, both Lakes and Antioch high schools have also had to face this unfortunate reality.
So, as you can imagine, the entire student body has been walking the halls with sad hearts, a whole lot of questions and tears in their tired eyes. But the thing that I love about being a student at Lakes Community High School these days is that yes, we’re all sad, but I don’t think a single student or staff member has continued thinking that this couldn’t happen to anyone; I think we’ve realized we all need to make sure that everyone we love knows that we love them.
So, what can I do to really reach out as a Christian to those who need it? Especially at a time when everyone is suddenly claiming Christianity. Well, I’ve been thinking about that a lot. And the thing I think God has led me to realize is that I need to be really intentional about telling people about Christ. And that scares me. If you know me, you know I don’t really care about what people think about me. If you like me, great! If you don’t, oh well! But for some reason, telling people about my faith just seems so scary!
God is calling me, though. Calling me to jump off of “comfort mountain” and trust that He will be there to catch me. The thing is, God is bigger than mountains! That means He’s bigger than all of my fears and troubles, too! Yay God! So I can trust that if God is calling me to get a little uncomfortable with the ones I love and even people I don’t exactly care for, He’s doing it for a reason. And there is no one in this world that I dislike enough to deny them the love, peace and eternal home that only Jesus can give them.
After all, Matthew 28:19-20 says,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
So, now I am left with the challenge of seeking out opportunities to share the Lord with everyone that I can. I’m leaving all of YOU with a challenge too! Show Christ like crazy. Never be ashamed. And, if you love someone, make sure they know it. Not just with words, but with actions as well. Because you never know when you if you’ll have the chance again.
Gracie Adamek is a junior at Lakes Community High School. She enjoys singing, acting and spending time with friends! Gracie is so grateful for this opportunity and hopes to glorify God 100% through this!