Before: I have always known Christ because I have been going to church since I was little. As I got older I drifted away from the church and started getting distracted with life and influences. When I got to high school I wanted to be "cool" and to fit in so I started hanging out with the party people; knowing I shouldn't be. Drinking was so amusing to me and so I surrounded myself with people that loved to drink. I was doing things my way and being selfish with my life and pretty much going against the plan God has for me. I knew what I was doing was wrong and I felt like God was talking to me the whole time during this phase to stop and turn to him, but I decided to ignore him.
How: I remember thinking one day "What am I doing?" "Is this really how I want to live?" "Is this how I want to spend my teenage years getting in trouble and doing nothing with my life?" Then there was this one party I went to and I ended up blacking out and in the ER that night. The next day, when I was conscious again, I remember seeing how scared my family was and I never wanted to put them through that again. I started praying because I did not know what else to do, and God answered my prayers. My best friend attended HDC and went to the Seven service and so I asked her if I could start going with her and her sister. She said yes of course and ever since then my life has changed for the better.
After: God has taught me so much since I decided to get back on track and follow him. I feel safe and that my life makes sense when I talk to him and ask for advice. I have learned that I need to follow his plan for me, even when I really want to go the other way. Things cannot be done my way because it is not what is best for me. He has removed toxic people in my life and I can't thank him enough for showing me there is so much more to life. My future looks bright with God by my side and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for me.