Eight Words That Changed A Life

Bryce, a senior in Cru, talks about how God turned his life around.  In his own words…

“Over 2 years ago, I walked into Cru and thought the people were a joke.  I thought Christians were gullible for believing this lie—that God existed.

In high school I would drink, vandalize, get high and chase after girls all while getting good grades— being the ‘perfect son’ in my parents’ eyes.  I never trusted God with anything.  I even started going to church to try to impress my parents.  Money and women were the two things I held close to my heart and God was asking to let him have control over them, but I clung tighter to them.  Being the “good moral person” was hard.  I was tired of being told that I suck by a book with a bunch of rules.  I questioned why I believed in this God and why I would try to follow all these rules that I was constantly breaking.  I decided God didn’t exist.  I became an atheist.

I started dating an atheist girl.  She and I were having sex, sharing life together, and close as could be.  After some time she broke up with me and I was crushed. No longer loved. No longer wanted… My heart ached and longed for those feelings again. So I looked to numb those feelings of emptiness and pain by living a lifestyle with lots of alcohol and women.

This continued through high school and into my sophomore year of college. then I was invited to Cru. I didn’t want to go, but my buddy was persistent. At Cru, the band started worship. I didn’t want to sing. Everyone stood up so I followed suit because I didn’t want to look like an idiot. It was pretty boring standing and not doing anything. So I started to read the lyrics as they came up on the screen. One of the lines read “God is bigger than the air I breath”. BOOM! It hit me like a ton of bricks on how big that was. Those words shouldn’t have been that mind blowing because I grew up hearing God is everywhere. So I knew God was big since I was a little kid, but those lyrics made my head explode. Those 8 words told me in a moment that I was wrong about God. I went to my friend afterwards and lit him up with questions, asking him who this Jesus was and what it looked like to be a Christian. That night I started to feel my life being pulled out of the destruction I immersed myself in.  My heart got a taste of who this God was and his love toward me. My heart jumped with joy!!”

Over the past 2 years, Bryce has learned how to walk with God, equipped in his faith to do evangelism and discipleship, and has led friends to Christ, raised up a Community Group of freshmen and is now training them to be spiritual multipliers as sophomores.  He is graduating this May is planning on entering full-time ministry.