Being a Christian is not always easy, but it is so worth it.Megan Wisheart
Hi, I’m Megan and this is my story…
I have grown up in a Christian family, so my journey with faith started right from the get go. I spent the first four years of my life in Tanzania, Africa, as my parents were mission partners. We came back to the UK and lived in various places, Leeds, Milton Keynes, and eventually ended up in Cornwall, despite intending to originally move to Bristol! I have believed in God my whole life but there have been times I have not lived that out, or wanted to. During the October half term of 2014 I attended a youth event called Hope MK, run by the churches in Milton Keynes. During the mornings there was worship and talks, and then during the afternoons we went out in designated teams, each focused on different forms of missions and outreach work. For example, one group ran a holiday club for children in an estate where loads of the kids would spend their days on the streets, there were also groups for evangelism and prayer.
It was during this week I first experienced the tangible presence and power of the Holy Spirit personally, and at work through others.
Acts 1:8 [NIV]
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
It was utterly undeniable that God was moving, revealing Himself to a room full of teenagers, using the Holy Spirit to open their hearts to His omnipotence. It taught me that surrender is needed, of the life and heart, for the fruitfulness and abundance of a relationship with God to truly become visible.
Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.C.s lewis
Up until my parents told my three sisters and I we were moving my faith had always been very strong. But it was challenged when we moved in 2015 from Milton Keynes, a busy growing City, to Cornwall that is not busy, life became much slower and quieter. Churches are also much smaller than I expected, I came from a church with four services a day, each with a few hundred people. I was shocked to find the church we began to attend was smaller than my old youth group. Embarrassingly, I was disappointed, I felt like being a Christian had suddenly become a lot less exciting, I missed all my friends, and felt there were not many people to make friends with in the church. I felt like I had a lot less opportunities, my list of doubts and frustrations went on. Through all the change and uncertainty that comes with any move this verse gave me courage: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]
It was during the summer at New Wine, a Christian festival, that through prophetic words from complete strangers, answers to specific prayers, and miraculous revelation God taught me an important lesson, and spoke with certainty over my future: if I’m basing my relationship with Him on the size and vibrancy of church, or the size and activities of the youth group where I live, my relationship with Him would not be sustained through what life will throw at me.
God has been with me through it all. The Bible talks about how trials refine us and are essential for our maturity to develop and our character to grow. I would not change anything that has happened to me because even the hardest and messiest parts have reaped fruit. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1 [NIV]
Being a Christian is not always easy, but it is so worth it. I still have so much to learn, but I know that I will never get things wrong too many times for God to stop forgiving me. I know that I never have to be “good enough”, because through Jesus Christ I am made whole and complete, lacking in nothing, and I know death is not the end so I do not have to live in fear or uncertainty.
“…”I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3 [NIV]
We hope that you loved reading Megan’s story and seeing how God has been working through her and in her life. Remember that your story has value and has so much power. Whatever your story is, tell it with confidence, knowing that the Creator of the universe designed it uniquely for you. Your story is so very important and so very special. It makes you who you are and has the power to change lives. Be proud of your journey and proud of your story.