It’s Friyay, so you know what that means! It’s time for #FearlessFriday, where every Friday I’m sharing one of my friends’ stories of salvation, redemption and grace to encourage and challenge you. You can sign up to share your testimony here, as I’d love for you to join this fearless movement of ours. You can also catch up on the first two testimonies from Sarah and Phillip if you haven’t read their amazing stories already!
Today, this beautiful testimony comes from one of my dearest friends, Jonny.
I’m Jonny, I’m 21 and work in IT. I’ve grown up in a Christian home with the most loving family I could have asked for. I’ve always considered myself to be a family member of the Christian faith, but it was not until a couple of years ago that I truly grasped the essence of what it means to be a Christian. I have been involved with my church’s worship team for a few years now and like serving in that aspect of the church.
A few years ago (possibly around the summer of 2013) I fell in love with the church. I mean that I genuinely fell in love with the church. I fell in love with the people. I fell in love with the services. I fell in love with the activities and tasks that once seemed so mundane. And I fell more in love with God through the church. I couldn’t get enough of going to the church building and spending time with others that shared my passion for loving God and seeing Him do such powerful things in the ordinary.
There was a period of time where I was at church five out of seven evenings a week just trying to learn and seek more about him. But then, as time went on, I began to lose this passion and began to focus on other things in my life, such as my work. I enjoy my job and have always felt called to be a man in the world but not of the world (meaning to be employed in a secular job, but remain true to my faith within this as well).
But I have noticed that as I have focused more on my career and progression, I have changed to become inward looking and, at times, selfish. I have made the mistakes of seeing the world through such individualistic eyes and not from the eyes of love, compassion, grace, mercy, friendship and all the other attributes that this world needs so much more of. I have come to learn that modern life can be extremely hectic and busy, but it is so important to allow ourselves to have time to reflect and grow in ourselves and our faith. So now, as I’m still journeying through life and trying to figure out what I’m doing, I’m just trying to be a better person and to help others feel loved and accepted, just like He does with me.
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Jonny works in IT and loves motorbikes, with the dream to one day own a Ducati Panigale in pearl white. He loves all things music; he is a passionate worshipper of God and is gifted at playing the guitar.