I’ve been blessed with incredible parents, a loving home, and support not everyone is fortunate enough to have. I’m lucky to live the life I do, however, everyone has valleys to walk through. Some valleys are deeper and darker than others. A lot of the time, it’s easy to lose sight of the blessings. It’s my trust in God that helps me through the valleys. It’s not always easy to trust 100% of the time, but it helps to remember that God is so good. God is for me, not against me.
My go-to Bible verse is Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts;
so I am helped, and my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
This fall, I’ll be going to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to major in secondary education/science teaching.
One thing I wish I could tell my younger self is to not be so hard on yourself. Who you are is enough. Real love comes from those who love you for who you are.
My favorite part of youth group is having three positive influential role models in my life. I’m the man I am today because of the genuine love from our three leaders. It helped me to grow in my faith and as a man.
One thing I love about myself is I love how genuine I am. It took a while but I’ve realized it’s much, much harder to put on a show. It may sound narcissistic, but I like who I am, and the people I like most are the ones who love me for me. It’s not always easy to be genuine, but I’m proud to be the genuine me.
I believe having a strong faith means having complete faith in God. It’s hard to trust a lot of the time but there’s peace in knowing God is always with you and wants only the best for you.
My first year at Camp Wapo was honestly maybe the best week of my life. It’s where I really started to understand and love God. I was surrounded by friends I loved, music, and fun games. It was an experience I will never forget.