Just like many other recently graduated students, I was given the task to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Over the past six or seven years, God has been watering the desire in my heart for international missions and watching it grow into a beautiful reality. I have been given the opportunity to use two of my biggest loves for God's glory in Northern Ireland. Jesus and sports. I will be serving alongside a local nonprofit organization called Salt Factory Sports in Northern Ireland that uses sports as an avenue to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.
I grew up going to church, and I am super thankful for that. But it wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that I began to understand what it meant to have a relationship with Jesus. A desire began to grow in my heart to read my Bible, to pray, and have God-centered conversations and relationships. Up until this point and probably up until my sophomore year of college I found my identity in my athletic performance. I grew up playing all sorts of sports and it's just what my family did. When I performed well, I felt confident in who I was. When I didn't perform well, I would beat myself up. As you can imagine, it was a constant roller coaster of emotions depending on my game or meet.
During my senior year of high school I was introduced to Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Little did I know God would use the ministry of FCA to speak so, so much truth into my life over the next 8 years. He revealed His great love to me in a way that I never knew and gave me the freedom to compete for Him and Him alone. Of course there are times I fail, but thank God for His undeserving grace.
Now I get to use my story to build relationships and tell others how great God's love is for them in Northern Ireland. Trying to find our identity in anything other than Christ will only lead to an unfulfilled satisfaction in our hearts that only Christ can fill. I long to tell others where their true identity is found.