I knew that I needed Christ to take away my sin because I learned from reading the Bible that Christ died to save us from our sin. The sin we have in our lives is like a barrier between us and the relationship we can have with God but because of Christ's sacrifice on the cross- we are made new. My life before my relationship with Christ felt very empty and nothing I did in my life brought me peace and joy the way Christ did. I first accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior at such a young age that I felt I didn't truly understand what I was doing and who He was. After many trials in life as I grew older; I still felt something was "missing" in my life. I was ashamed and embarrassed of things I had done in my life and wasn't sure if God would even want me to be in His kingdom after all the mistakes I had made. I got down on my knees and prayed for salvation again because I felt that my salvation at the young age I was had not been feelings from deep within my heart, but rather what my parents and church wanted me to do. I also prayed for forgiveness for all the bad things I had done and asked Him to allow me to grow in my relationship with Him and to help me from keeping the same mistakes. I wanted peace and joy in my life that I finally understood would only come from above. My life is so very different now with Jesus in it because I feel His presence with me every day. When I am facing the biggest trials now; I feel Him guiding me through it and telling me that everything is going to be okay and that He will never leave me. It's an unexplainable, powerful feeling of love and peace that any father would want for their child to have.