I am a very outgoing and confident person for two very important reasons. Reason number one is that at six feet four inches tall I’m not the kind of person to blend in to a crowd. And if my size doesn’t grab your attention, my loud voice or brightly colored clothes might. Reason number two, the more important reason, is that I’ve been saved by the blood of Christ and I know that He loves me.
I went through a bit of an identity crisis during the fall of my senior year. Football was my sole identity. I did the things I did because I played football. I had the friends I had because I played football. I was who I was because I played football. After I realized my football career was over I began frantically searching for a new identity. I looked to my friends for help but all they had to offer was the emptiness that comes with sex and alcohol. The party life was becoming my new identity when I finally realized where I needed to be. With the help of two strong Christian mentors I established my identity in Christ. I found that He loves me not because of anything that I have done or ever will do and He will always love me no matter what I do. If I were to make some awful mistake that turned everyone I have ever known against me, Christ would still be with me. And because of that I am okay with who I am. I don’t have to pretend to be someone else in order to make friends or fit in, not that I would fit in anyway.