So I’ve always had God in my life in one form or another. When I was a child my grandmother would pick up myself and my two cousins and take us to church every Sunday. I was baptized and confirmed Presbyterian. I went to a church camp in my area every summer for five straight years. Sky Lodge Christian camp in Montello, WI is still there and I recommend it to anyone in their early to late teens to go or even work at. There’s horseback riding, carpet ball, and even a hitching post where you can buy snacks. It’s actually where I learned the cup dance before the song even came out!
My downfall came when I became a teenager and drifted away from the light of God. Doing drugs and drinking were more fun for me. I never reached out and looked for help when in my heart I knew that all the things that I was doing were wrong and not what God wanted for my life. I always knew he was there. I would talk to him from time to time, but always in secret and was never really proud of my Christianity. I like to think that it was God that gave me the strength of will to quit doing all the things that I shouldn’t have been doing. I owe it all to him and all my praise goes to him and his wonderful glory. I know that if I hadn’t been shown the way by my grandmother at a very young age and helped by my parents who suggested that camp my life would have gone in a far different direction.
Knowing these things about myself, I am making sure that my daughter knows about God and the wonderful things that he is capable of. I know that she will one day have to make the same choices that I at one point had to make and I just pray that she will be stronger in her faith than I was to make better choices in her teenage years. I will do all I can to be there for her in any way that I can and let her know that God is always there when I’m not.
I Still Believe tells the heart-wrenching and impossibly true love story between Jeremy Camp and his first wife, Melissa. It opens in theaters Friday, March 13. However, YOU have an opportunity to attend an exclusive pre-screening of the film on Thursday, March 12th at 7 pm at the Marcus Palace Cinema in Sun Prairie!