What If the Sunday School Answer Is True?

Last August, I moved back to college early for a week of training for a leadership organization I was a part of. I had the opportunity to get to know students who I would work with for the upcoming school year, and I wanted to make a good first impression.

One of our meetings focused on motivation. We ended up breaking off into pairs to discuss our individual source of inspiration and purpose.

I immediately knew my answer: Christ is my source of motivation. However, did that sound like a cop-out? I was afraid that my partner would look at me like I just stepped out of Sunday School. It was my first chance to get to know this group, and I didn’t want to be labeled as the goody-goody church girl.

Despite these excuses running through my head, I knew in my heart that I needed to share the truth. God is my purpose, my life, and the reason that I live the way I do. He calls us to preach Christ and His gospel, even if people view us as weak or unintellectual.

“To be completely honest,” I told my partner, “Jesus is my motivation. I don’t mean that in a ‘this-is-the-right-answer’ kind of way. His death and resurrection give me purpose, and He is the reason I have true joy. I can’t imagine life without Him.”

In the end, my partner genuinely listened to me and respected what I had to say. God used that situation to teach me not to fear what other people may think. I am a follower of Christ, a child of the King, and I should never be afraid to share my identity in Him.

Rachel Sinclair writes from Birmingham, Alabama, and loves to share people’s stories. Contact her at rsinclai@samford.edu.

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