It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox! I have been sharing some of the wonderful emails my husband gets, where people share the work God is doing in their lives through Elevation Church. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified.
You are going to love Kendall’s story…
I started attending Elevation back in September when the Rock Hill campus opened up. As a 17 year old girl I was pretty wild. I partied every weekend, which went hand in hand with drinking and random guys. I soon settled down and got in a relationship with a guy I was truly in love with. We dated for over a year and I knew we shouldn’t have been doing the things we were, but I really cared about him and thought that’s how I had to express it. My parents and I fought constantly. They knew I was lying about where I was going on the weekends and knew this boy was ruining me. One weekend his step mom talked us in to going to Elevation with her. I thought it was okay but really was ready to leave, go eat, and spend the rest of the day with my boyfriend. I started playing tick-tack-toe with him and hangman on our worship guides, and didn’t even stand and sing.
A few months later my so-called perfect relation ended awfully. Cheating and lying were involved and I was completely broken with the outcome. I stayed in my room for weeks crying, didn’t go to school, and didn’t go back to Elevation. After about 2 weeks I pulled myself together and went back to church with his step mom and God pulled me into him.
I was saved at the Christmas worship experience and never missed a night of Code Orange Revival. I was baptized during Code Orange Revival and started volunteering the week after at the Rock Hill campus as a greeter. I haven’t missed a Sunday since. I’m here every Sunday at 7:30 and sit right up front and worship like it’s the end of the world when I go into the service. After my baptism I felt like a new person; my past of partying, drinking, and other inappropriate behavior was erased. I made a promise with myself and to God that the next person I would be very intimate with would be my husband. I leave for college in the fall and I know it will be an adjustment along with a lot of temptation, but my heart and morals are rooted in that church and I will carry what I’ve learned here to Columbia when I leave.
Thank you Elevation church, staff, and volunteers for positively changing my life.
What a great story. Kendall, I am praying for you as you head to college in the fall. You are going to make wise choices and continue to grow in the Lord.
Don’t forget to check back in a few hours to see the 3 lucky winners of my husband’s newest book, Greater!