Filling the Emptiness
I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home with great Christian parents. Unfortunately, the freedom of going off to college exposed me to myself. I had your typical freshman blow-out year. I won’t go into details, but it was a rough time, and I had a blast.
Prior to coming to college, you could say I was your average Christian who thought he hardly ever sinned, and I definitely didn't talk about my sin. The awareness of sin and guilt in my life (my freshman year) really bothered me, but I didn't think about it much because I was having a whole lot of fun.
As time wore on, the emptiness grew, and I started looking for different things to try to fill this emptiness in my heart. I made great grades; I got into better shape; and I started going out more often. Nothing would give me any relief. I even walked on to the Alabama football team after Christmas. From the outside, it looked as if I was on top of the world. My entire life all I wanted to do was play football, and here I was at the University of Alabama doing what I had always dreamed of. But like all the other activities and materials in my life, it eventually wore off.
That summer after my freshman year, I met some awesome guys that have helped me to understand some things about Jesus that I had never really understood before. We are all sinners, Christians and non-Christians alike. The Bible says in Romans 3:23, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” I’m sick. We’re all sick. The only way that we can be made better – so that we can live in the presence of God for eternity–is through Jesus Christ.
As I begin to understand this more, it changes the way I live. It always does. You can’t meet the God of the universe and not be changed. My sin now seems a lot smaller to me and might also seem small to the people around me, but the truth is that all sin is the same in God’s eyes. I was a sinner as a child, I was a sinner when I came to college, and I still have sin in my life today. Sin is like poop. Nobody wants poop in their ice cream, and poop in our ice cream is like sin in our life to God. It’s poop, and He’s not going to eat it, whether there’s a little or a lot.
I need to look to Jesus every day in adoration and reverence, because He lived, died, and rose up from the dead, so that sinners like me can gain eternal life. I pray that I will live my life in accordance to this truth. I want this to continue to change how I interact with my teammates, coaches, and teachers. Christ is worth it!
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