I want to share with you an experience that helped to bolster my faith, and increase my determination for doing my purpose. This experience occurred one day last summer. I do not remember all the details of this day, but knowing myself, I probably was knee deep amidst books. In short, I was enjoying myself. Then my mom walked up to me and said
“ Your sisters and I will be attending a Christian conference called Bright Lights. Would you like to come?” No. I did not want to go! I had never really liked conferences. I didn’t have the best childhood experiences with them. To put it bluntly, I found them exceedingly (and increasingly) boring. You know you really need to be careful when taking someone from their paradise of books and putting them smackdown into the some kind long, dull conferences. The shock from that could do something to a person. Yet I recovered from my dismay and said the only answer a kid can make when adults ask you that kind of question.
“ Yes mother. I would be delighted to accompany you and my sisters to this wonderful affair.” Certain parts inside of me died.
Let me just go ahead and say that the Bright Lights conference was the most fun and impressionable conference I have ever attended and I will tell you why.
I went to the Bright Lights conference, which just so happened to be a two day conference, and they split us up into individual groups according to our ages. (I have forgotten what my group was called.) I had a very nice teacher named Miss Briana Pradia.
Our lesson was about how we got to heaven. We were given a piece of paper with the question “ How do we get to heaven?” and were given three answers to choose from. One was the good things we do. Another was by believing Jesus died to save us and rose again. And another answer was a combination of both. My answer was both. To my surprise it was the second one. This was the way the Bible said we were saved in John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:8-9 which says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.” So it is by our faith and not by our works that we are saved.
This is just one of the things I learned while in Bright Lights. One other lesson I learned at Bright Lights, was how to be a witness to the world. Before, my thoughts were that one had to know a certain amount of stuff to be a witness. I thought I needed to be a biblical guru in order to tell people about God. This is what I had always believed. Bright Lights changed my whole perspective on the subject.
To be a witness you don’t have to know how many bugs John the baptist ate in his entire life or whether or not Moses parted the Red Sea in the summer when everybody was out of school. All you need to know is that God’s Son, Jesus, paid the price for our sins by dying on the cross. Because of him, we now have the chance to live eternally with God after straying from him so long. That’s all you have to know.
I had many life changing experiences at Bright Lights and you can expect me to make many articles about them. But, I hope this testimony I shared with you will better your understanding of your faith and gives you a conviction to be a witness.
The Kamau Sisters
Hi! We're Nia, Jada, and Bailey Kamau. We laugh, sing, read, and have Narnia marathons probably more than we should. Thanks so much for checking out our blog!
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