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that one choice spurred my path to join a Christian community, InterVarsity, and the best year of my life as I grew closer to God through studying his word
Last year, Sarah – a student in California, USA - made a decision to walk away from a lifestyle of partying, drinking and harmful relationships, and instead to follow God. She joined the InterVarsity group where she began learning more about God through Bible study. What happened a year ago on 22 October 2009? It was my first year at college. I got up early to get ready to go and meet the group of party-loving girls that I had met at orientation. But I never made it. God had something to say to me. I had a feeling in my gut, the same feeling I always get when I know I am doing something that I shouldn't be. It was the same feeling I had a few months earlier when I was in the room of the boy that my best friend was dating, when God was telling me to get out. I ignored him and made a conscious choice to stay. I've regretted it ever since. And how did you respond to the feeling this time? I was riding my bike to meet those girls and I had that same feeling that God had something to say. I made an abrupt stop. I looked up at the sky, the sun, the trees, and felt the wind on my face. I was reminded of the verse in Psalms, ‘Be still and know that I am God'. I was still and I knew. I made another conscious choice, but this time God was involved in the decision making. I didn't go to meet the girls. Instead I spent the day talking to God and thinking about the coming year. That one choice spurred my path to join a Christian community, InterVarsity, and the best year of my life as I grew closer to God through studying his word. So how has this 22 October been different? It was a day of remembering and smiling: my heart was saved a year ago! This year that day was part of our New Student Outreach. My InterVarsity group set up an interactive art display called ‘Choices'. We invited students walking by to write on their hands a career, goal, or anything they desired for their lives as a way to initiate conversation and ask if God was involved in their decisions. Last year, I would have put lawyer or political correspondent with NBC [a major news broadcaster in the States] on my hand. This year I put in capital letters: TEACHER. So, as the teacher, I have a question for you who are reading this, my 'class'. Do you involve God in your choices? Here is my answer: I strive to involve God in all my choices – for a choice without God leads to a fall in some aspect of my life and a choice with God brings joy. Your turn. A longer version of Sarah's story originally appeared on her blog and on InterVarsity/USA's website: www.intervarsity.org

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