My junior year in high school I had a dear friend who would not stop asking me to go to Young Life with her. I can vividly remember rolling my eyes as I said no to her, week after week. I was keeping all the rules already ... attending church weekly, making excellent grades, being a good daughter and an honest and moral human being. Why would I go? I saw no reason. What I can’t recall is why I finally changed my mind and said “yes”. I just know that I ended up at a Young Life club on a Monday night and the rest of my life changed its course. It’s amazing how meeting Jesus in a real way can do that.
I loved the music and the skits (although I prayed that I was never called to the stage to participate), but being a fairly deep thinker, I was blown away by the gospel of Jesus. All of my life I thought that Christianity was simply keeping a set of rules, and suddenly it was crystal clear to me that I had missed Jesus. I had missed that He wanted a relationship with me. I had missed that He loved me exactly how I was, and that He wanted to offer me life that is to the fullest. I had just missed Jesus for all the church services and Sunday school classes and memorized prayers. I had missed Jesus. Because I had an amazing Young Life leader who was willing to stay on the phone with me until 2:00am many nights in a row as I asked question after question, I didn’t miss Jesus for long. He found me and my greatest adventure began.
I fell in love with Jesus through Berkner High School Young Life, 1989. I volunteered with my high school during my years at Baylor, and my husband and I now serve on the Frisco YL committee. We have kids that are involved in both Young Life and Wyldlife, and our family knows without a doubt that we are in need desperate need of a savior. I am thankful everyday that I found out years ago exactly who that savior was. ~Anissa McCurdy
“A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better than they ever dreamed.” John 10:10