I walked into REVIVE expecting to be disappointed, like I had been at every other church - but instead, I found something different.
The people showed me what a relationship with God looks like - I saw authentic joy for the first time and I wanted it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I knew in my head that God existed but at REVIVE I actually experienced Him. And experiencing Him made me realise that He was listening and He was always there. And even when I was mad at Him, He never stopped loving me or demanded change from me, which shifted my heart and made me want to change.
Before coming to REVIVE, I felt that I was walking alone and preferred to numb the pain of my past, but since joining REVIVE, I realised that I had God's guidance showing me the purpose in my past and helping me get excited about my future. I also had the support, encouragement, perspective and accountability of my church family. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Since coming to REVIVE, I've learned that life with God isn't about following the rules; it's about having checkpoints that help me gauge if I'm on the right track. Allowing God and my church family to build me up to take more ground and have more authority over the things around me and over my past.
The best part of being a young adult at REVIVE is the community and the support you get going through life.