March 9, 2017
I've always had God in my life. I come from a very religious family back home, where our Catholic faith is a big part of our daily life. But coming to college was…different. I had all this free reign to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted, and this new freedom led me to become somewhat lazy in my faith. I made little to no effort to go to church on Sundays, especially since my parents weren't here to force me to go or anything. I wouldn’t really pray outside of Bible study, which is something really essential to maintaining your relationship with God, and I really had no drive to further my knowledge of my faith.
Then I met Simon, Samantha, Kaitlyn, and Henri, my amazing Bible study leaders. Simon and Samantha went door to door inviting people to Bible study and I just so happened to be the one who answered the door. I believe God very much intended me to meet them this day, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am with my faith right now. I had never been in a Bible study group before, even though my faith was always important to me. At this Bible study, I realized something important: My parents never forced me to have a faith. A relationship with God was something that I personally wanted. So naturally, I started going to Bible study more often, even though it conflicted with the improv comedy club I was in.
Winter quarter is weird for everyone. It throws you for a loop. My winter quarter brought a lot of personal changes in myself, some that I wasn't proud of. I started hanging out with a few people who weren’t good for me, and I developed some experimental habits that really didn’t fit my personality. I got caught up in the college lifestyle of wasting my weekends doing whatever felt good at the time. I felt like I was missing something, and then I would go to Bible study, where I didn't experience that feeling. Going to Bible study made me feel like I had a community that really understood me. I realized that I wasn’t alone here at college, and that there are people willing to boost me up in my faith by encouraging me to talk to God and to have a personal relationship with Him. It occurred to me that I needed to make this a serious effort. I was tired of looking for other things to fill me up, so I turned to God and I can happily say that I don't regret it.
Jacob - John Muir College, Class of 2020