Something I would share with other High Schoolers is to just keep going. Everyone faces struggles and we’re all gonna have ups and downs, but keep going through everything. Know that God has your back.
My family has always been Christian, but we didn’t go to church. We only went for special occasions and with other family and friends. I struggled with anxiety a lot when I was in elementary school, and my counselor actually recommended that I go to church. So I tried Port City and I went to Fuse right after sixth grade. My small group leader introduced me to everything about God and I accepted Jesus into my heart. That was the first moment I was like “Wow, this is so awesome. I want to be apart of this and I want to have God in my life.”
My anxiety was a difficult thing to go through. It started in Kindergarten. I have a twin brother & in preschool we were always together, but they started to separate us in elementary school. So I went from always having my mom or my brother around, to being by myself. Elementary school it was just a struggle. I cared about other people's opinions of me and just what I wore. I would plan what I wore every Sunday and have it all laid out. That ties into perfectionism, which is something else that I’ve really struggled with. I tried to be perfect in everyway, but that’s impossible because Jesus is the only one that’s perfect- I can’t ever be close to perfect. That’s something I continue to struggle with, but I’ve accepted now.
I would encourage other High Schoolers is to just keep going. Everyone faces struggles and we’re all gonna have ups and downs, but keep going through everything. Know that God has your back. Simple actions and consistently being kind has a degree of the Christian values. It’s a lot easier when you’re in school, since religion is kind of a topic people avoid. Smiling and being positive really helps. Inviting people to go do things with you and slowly start talking to them about God.
Be adamant about your faith. Don’t let society or peers influence you in your decisions because it’s so easy to just go along with a different crowd or just act a certain way when you’re around certain people. Be continually strong in your faith and always let that show because that’s the biggest part of who you are and that's what's going to follow you into eternity.