Where Willy was Found

I’ve never been much of a leader. Never made Student Council or captain of the football team. Was never elected for anything. Never chose the dinner locale. Never was first in the class for grades or girls or sports…

But something happened my freshman year at Clemson. I became a Christian…

I met a girl…

I made new friends…

I made a name for myself – not in the Civil department, but in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)…

Started leading a Bible Study and was on the leadership council…

Following school, I got a job. I was a number again – until Janet and I found a church home…

Soon after I was allowed to be funny on stage and teach kids about Jesus. Not too long later we were leading a Small Group…

And this thought came to me:

Christianity is the one thing I do where I’m a natural. I’m able to be myself – and it works…

I feel accepted like I never did while in High School or within my major at Clemson or playing sports…

Why is that?

Because this is the one area of like that is not dependent on my skills or money or looks or IQ. We are all gathered for the same purpose and to worship the same person…

We are all under one umbrella…

Are there bumps in the road? Yes
Do I get frustrated and put off? Yes
Do I screw up? Yes

Am I still accepted? Absolutely…

I know this is not the experience of everyone with some even having terrible, unforgettable experiences. But this is still a gathering of people – seriously flawed people – but I’m telling you, when done right where honesty and freedom reign rather than envy and judgment, there is no place more inviting…

And no place I feel more alive…

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