This month at Youth and Young Adults, we are focusing on the real life testimonies of our leaders and hearing how their faith journey has brought them to where they are in their lives today.
A testimony, for lack of a better definition, is simply a public recounting of a religious conversion or experience. For many individuals, their testimony typically focuses on how they first came to have a true relationship with God and how their life is different as a result.
Just as one may testify before a judge in court, a testimony is often given to a group or large crowd of people. But it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes the most powerful testimonies come where only one or two are gathered.
And testimonies don’t just have to be given in a church, a synagogue or other holy meeting place. They can be given at a coffee shop, at a bus stop, at home or at work/uni. Wherever we are, God is also with us.
We continue our series with a Q&A chat with Catherine Braid:
How did you first hear about God?
I grew up in a Christian home and so I heard a lot about God from my family. But I’ve also been going along to church for as long as I can remember! I also attended a Christian school in Prep and have been to several camps over the years where I’ve grown in my knowledge and understanding of God.
Why have you decided to be a Christian? Can you talk about a big moment/ time that impacted your faith?
I decided at a very young age to commit my life to Jesus following a Sunday School lesson. I remember we were reading a passage in Matthew that was about Salt and Light.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
We did a few activities connected to these themes but I remember having these words stick out to me: “Let your light shine before others”. I knew that day that I wanted to dedicate my life to Jesus and be another light in the world.
This is still one of my favourite bible passages and it still gives me motivation today. It reminds me that in everything I do I should glorify God and be an example to those around me.
What is something you want to learn more about/ don’t understand about God?
I wish I could comprehend the wisdom and power of God. Like he knows all of our thoughts and feelings and even holds our future! I just find that really amazing but I guess it’s something that I’ll never be able to fully understand.
What do you think is the coolest thing about Jesus?
I think the coolest thing about Jesus is that he is always there, he will never leave us or forsake us, and his love is eternal.
What’s one piece of advice you’d like to give to the Youth and Young Adults out there?
I’d like to give you guys another one of my favourite verses. It kind of links to what I was saying before about Jesus being always there.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I challenge you all to be strong and courageous in all that you do. With Jesus there is no need to be afraid because he will always be by your side. He is in everything that you all do, from the tiniest tasks to the huge decisions and actions that define you.
Jesus is Love.