Alex and I focus on growing our individual relationship with God and then combine our strengths to hold our relationship high.
I have had major fall-outs with my faith in the past. However, I’ve also had moments in my life where I felt like I was the best Christian I’ve ever been. I grew up going to church, with my older brother, almost every Sunday. If I missed a Sunday my grandpa would ask why and I would feel the need to have a pretty important excuse. My grandpa, on my dad’s side, is a priest so he has taught me a lot of what I know about my faith. Contrary to popular belief, when I was younger I learned almost nothing in Sunday school. It wasn’t until I was about 16 when I turned church from a routine into a place of worship. When I started to be able to drive and make my own decision of going to church for myself and not just because my brother was going, I started to understand the traditions more. But then, I had a pretty big fall out. I moved to San Antonio for college and did not prioritize my relationship with God, at all. I rarely (almost never) went to the church in San Antonio, I barely prayed, and it clearly showed by my actions. It wasn’t until my second semester of college when I realized how downhill my grades went in the first semester. That is when I started to look up worship songs online while I studied. I thought “if I’m not going to church I might as well watch it or listen to it.” I came across Hillsong Worship and started listening to sermons online. I had been so far away from God at that point I was desperate for anything to bring me back. I would pray hours at a time at night just for God to forgive me for all of the nights I missed. I knew I had to move back to Houston because I needed to be closer to church and back on track with my life. I moved back to Houston that summer and can’t even remember missing a Sunday of church. I was so beyond motivated to learn and practice my religion. I started fasting for the first time, I started reading the Bible more, and I would attend church once or twice a week. Personally, I just felt happier and at peace with the direction I was moving in. Once I prioritized my relationship with God above all things, God was so quick to bless me with an acceptance letter to the University of Houston, a job in the optometry field, and such a selfless man like Alex. I don’t regret going to UTSA because I was able to realize the one thing I need most in my life which is a strong, self-driven relationship with God. And with that, He blessed me with things I will thank Him for until the day I die. My relationship is only growing from here and now that I know I’m on the right path, there’s no turning around.
A little bit of advice I have is to ALWAYS prioritize your relationship with God. He will let everything else fall into place when He knows you are ready for it. Trust the process. Just because you feel yourself drifting away from what’s important, doesn’t mean you have to let it go. The power of prayer can turn anything and everything around. You just have to be patient and trust in the Lord.
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Mark 11:24 NKJV