I believe that the gospel does indeed grow us to be who God has designed and created us to be. I have learned first-hand that this is not easy, but it is completely freeing and gratifying. I want to share a story from my life about how trusting God, following his call, and listening to the Spirit has affected me in hopes that it encourages you.
In high school, specifically at the end of my junior year, my relationship with God was at a peak. I felt so free and happy in where I was. But soon, feelings of unrest settled over me as I prepared to leave for college. I knew it meant leaving the support system of Christians who had been so intentional and faithful in their relationships with me. I trusted God’s plans for me, but, as with any new situation, I was unsure and nervous about entering into a different state with fresh faces by attending High Point.
Stepping into College
After arriving at High Point, I attended Mercy Hill. The first time I visited I was stunned. I felt a captivating atmosphere and welcoming environment. I was timid, quiet, and very shy but felt like the Lord was bringing me here to be a leader. I had no idea what that would look like since I knew I was not one to speak in front of a large group of people, and that was always the first thing that came to mind when I heard the word “leader.”
I believed that God had brought me to High Point for a specific purpose, and while I knew that mentally, I also felt that I was not fully capable to fulfill those purposes. Once I got into the full swing of school, I became so busy and distracted from the vision God had given me. My thoughts and focus went to school and grades and keeping myself busy with every club or organization I could join. After a few months of striving to keep up with my schedule, I became desperate for change and knew I needed to return to God’s purpose for me in this season. I just wasn’t sure how.
Stepping Out in Faith
One day, Kenzie asked me if I wanted to be a leader for MH College. As she said the words, I immediately knew that this was it. This was the door to the leadership that God had called me to — I mean, come on, God makes the things he wants for us pretty clear! After applying to be a leader, I was so excited to begin this new role that would equip me to grow in the gospel.
Choosing to follow God’s plan for my life is always rewarding and always hopeful but never easy. Real, meaningful growth takes work, determination, and courage! Through leadership I have learned how to root myself in the gospel so that I can use Jesus as the source of my strength and confidence, but this requires me to step out of my comfort zone and let God lead. Consistently having this mindset of God’s will before my own has given me confidence to be more outgoing, talk to strangers, and begin gospel-centered conversation with them, as well as, with people I already know. I have found freedom in claiming who God says I am and not in who the world says I am. By doing that, it gives me the power to live for God, be his vessel, and share the truth of the gospel with those around me. “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
-Alaina Hays, MH College Leader