Ever since I was young, I have been passionate about everything I have done. I poured all of my energy and focus into basketball, friends, and life. I became very good at almost everything I did but lacked real purpose.
Even though I grew up in a home with great Christian parents, I thought God was just something I could use when things were tough or when I needed some luck. I thought that being a Christian simply involved going to church on Sunday. But then I met a group of guys while I was a freshman in high school—and there was something different about them. They enjoyed life—I mean, really enjoyed life. That’s when I realized that being a Christian was about so much more. These guys helped me understand that being a Christian was an every-day, every-moment-of-their-life thing. It was about total commitment, not halfway commitment.
The best example I have heard about "commitment" has to do with the explorer, Cortez. When he sailed across the ocean, Cortez wanted to be sure of his crew's commitment. So he burned the ships—and his crew had no other choice but to stay committed to the journey.
In my life, I knew that I had to burn my ships. I had to leave my past life and have full commitment in order to truly live the Christian life. I had always done everything passionately with everything in me, and now my choice to become a Christian also had to be wholehearted.
My life still contains many challenges, but challenges are opportunities to overcome. Now that I have God on my side, these challenges do not go away, they do not become easier, life is still tough, but now I always have someone with me to help me through. God is my rock for life. Every time I go through something tough or through something that seemingly would crush other people, I know that I will land on my feet because I have God to carry me through. I try to read the Bible every day to continue learning about God and to become the man He wants me to be. I pray often because it's as easy as talking to my best friend. My life is fully changed and I know I am fully living because I am living for Jesus Christ.