Before Christ I was a follow-the-crowd type of person. I looked for answers and acceptance through my peers. If they were partying and messing with boys, I was as well. I went to church with my family out of obligation, but didn’t really have an understanding of who Jesus was. The only times I ever prayed were before my races during track meets or the night before, and that was it.
Towards the end of my freshman year and the beginning of my sophomore year at Georgia State, I started slowly falling apart and becoming someone I didn’t recognize or even like. I started going out a lot, I became caught up with boys, and track just kept going downhill. When I felt like I had no control I gave myself control and became bulimic. Which then I found that wasn’t the solution to my problem. I can’t explain how and why this happened, but I ended up having a one-on-one meeting with one of the leaders of Athletes in Actions and we had a long talk about who God is, what He does, and how things can often get in the way of Him. Soon after, I realized that track became my idol, and with her help I was able to recognize that I was hindering the work of Christ in my life by placing other things before Him. I truly believe that God knew I needed help finding Him and He sent her to help me.
Since coming to Christ, I’ve become more confident, passionate, and loving towards myself and others. I accepted Him to take over my life and live by faith through Him. When I need answers I pray, I don’t ask others anymore because Christ is the only one who truly knows. I’m not perfect, far from it, I still make mistakes and sin but I am aware of them, and I feel hurt and guilt now when before I didn’t care. I just want to become the person He wants me to be, and be more and more like Him. I read this quote from a professional soccer player and she talked about how the soccer field is like her church, which really moved me. I now think of the track as my church and I’m spreading the gospel that Christ is alive, by using the talent he has blessed me with.