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My Greatest Influence
by Psam S

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The most influential person in my life is, Jesus Christ. My encounter with Jesus was a turning point for me. It is almost impossible to find words that adequately describe this encounter.

I have always attended church. I was considered a good person; a fair student, and I obeyed my parents. I knew of God, but I had no real relationship with Him. I was told stories about Him. I read books about Him, but; I considered the bible and church attendance merely a formality: a process required of all people if they wanted to go to heaven someday.

In my introduction to Jesus, I was told that He once walked the earth as a man and that He was born without a real home. He was actually born in a stable. He grew up to be wise beyond His years, in a world of indifference.

His life on earth was short lived because the world did not want to believe that He was the expected Savior of the world. They did not understand Him and did not want to accept the Good News He wanted to bring to the world. He wanted us to believe in an all seeing and all knowing God.

He preached what is good and righteous and wanted everyone to live a sin free life. He was persecuted for preaching the Word. People of that era did not want to believe that He came to save us from ourselves. He was tried and convicted of the crime of treason and sentenced to death on the cross. Consequently; He hung, bled and died on that old rugged cross.

Jesus did not want to endure this torture and suffering but He knew He had to suffer so that the world might be saved. He wanted to do the Will of His Father. The thought that Jesus Christ would go through all of that torment for me, just blows me away! I cannot think of any greater sacrifice. There is no greater sacrifice!

His flesh died but He promised to return to us in Spirit. He kept His promise. He returned and promised He would never leave or forsake us.

The day I accepted Christ as my personal Savior, I accepted him at His word. I truly believe that He is everywhere at the same time. I now know with unwavering faith, that I can follow a path that has been mapped out for me through studying the Holy Bible, and keeping God's Word.

My desire is to someday see the One who died for me. Prayer is my direct connection to my God; However, I wait with anticipation for that great day when I can see the Maker and Finisher of my faith, face to face, and hear Him say; "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hath been faithful over a few things: I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the Lord." "What a day of rejoicing that will be!"

Written by: Psam S
Out of all the opportunities available to her as a citizen of these great United States of America, her favorites things to do are reading and writing. As a student in high school, Literature was her

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