Stories are powerful and when you share the story of how God transformed your life, it can help transform other people’s lives and impact where they spend eternity. That’s why at Candlewood Church in Omaha, Nebraska, we encourage people to write out their personal faith story as a way to share their faith with others.
Jesus transformed Kathryn Whitney’s life in a powerful way. Read her personal faith story below:
Kathryn’s Personal Faith Story
My name is Kathryn Whitney, and I have been married to the same man since 1977. My husband and I have raised seven children and now are enjoying our seventeen grandchildren. Some of you may be asking how have you done that in this day and age?
The truth of the matter-when I was eighteen I was a pretty troubled and confused girl. But I did love athletics and I played just about any sport offered. I loved the feeling of working hard and being fit. But it wasn’t enough, there has to be more to life. I felt empty and starting hanging out with the “cool” crowds-drinking and doing drugs. At the moment it provided some temporary relief until the next morning when I remembered some of the awful things I had done.
Fit For God?
I was raised going to church each Sunday, but church was boring and deep down inside I knew it held no real significance for me. But when I was at my lowest point some friends shared with me the real truth about going to church. I never fully got it why Jesus came to earth. I didn’t understand that He came to take my sins (lying, stealing, taking God’s name in vain, etc.) and He took them upon Himself as He died on a cross.
Jesus really came to this earth and He was born in a stable, like a poor man. He grew to be a man and at the age of 33 He chooses to willingly allow man to crucify Him on a cross to pay for the sins of humanity. A lot of Americans think if they acknowledge there’s a God or go to church on Sunday and if their good deeds outweigh their bad deeds they will be fit for heaven, but that is not what the Bible teaches. In Ephesians 2:8-9 it says……..
“God saves us by His grace when we believe. And we can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.”
True believing is more than simply an intellectual understanding of certain facts. I was 23 years old when I finally understood why Jesus came. I made a deliberate choice to receive Him and believing in Jesus is the only bridge between God and man. I also came to understand, that this Holy God loved me. In fact He loved me so much He gave His son Jesus Christ as a sacrifice. Jesus took all the wrong I had done upon Himself and died in my place.
No More Emptiness
What an amazing life God has given me. His peace is priceless. My purpose in life since that day-trying to do what is right (even though I fail daily), caring for people and telling them that God loves them very much. I still have a passion for working out and I love what a muscle looks like (God created them). But I also understand that the Bible teaches……
“The human life is like that of a flower: it blooms and is beautiful for a time, but inevitably fades and withers away.” I Peter 1:23
One day my time will be up (and yours to) and even though physical exercise can give us good health for a time, the truth is we will all stand before our Creator.
“Sooner or later we’ll all have to face God, regardless of our conditions. We will appear before Christ and take what’s coming to us as a result of our actions, either good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
Connect with Candlewood Church
Today, Kathryn Whitney is married to Rory Whitney, who is a Candlewood Church pastor in the Omaha church location. If you have questions about Kathryn’s story or about starting a relationship with God, we’d love to talk more. Connect with us today at Candlewood Church Omaha. Please call us at 402.991.5152 or email us at email@example.com.