Beth's Story

Beth knew she wanted more from life, so was prompted to explore who Jesus is while at university

Beth knew she wanted more from life, so was prompted to explore who Jesus is while at university

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I think one of the biggest things that I've learned
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about sharing my faith is that,
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it's not gonna be the same for everyone.
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My name is Beth, and this is my story.
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So, when I was a teenager my brother was murdered,
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and my dad had a stroke when I was 17.
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As a teenager I didn't react well
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to the things that happened.
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I got very angry at the world,
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and basically anyone I could be angry at.
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So, I didn't want to explore faith at first,
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but the thing that led me to do so
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was when I came to university.
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It was during Freshers' Week and it was a great week,
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but it just felt like I wanted more.
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Two of my flatmates who were Christians said,
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"why don't we do this thing called Text-A-Toastie?"
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Which is where you text the Christian Union a question,
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and then they come and answer it with your dinner.
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So we text this random question,
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and they turned up at about 8 o'clock,
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and stayed til half 12, answering all the questions
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that I didn't know that I had.
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They really helped me in many ways,
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when I was very adamant that they weren't going to.
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On the Friday night, I went along to 'Unite',
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the Christian Union's weekly,
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kind of celebration meeting thing.
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And they all just stood up and started singing
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when we got there, and I just found that slightly weird.
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What is going on?
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Why has life turned into a musical all of a sudden?
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Why does everyone know the words and I don't?
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I was a bit overwhelmed, I think,
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and I didn't want to be a Christian,
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but I kind of knew that something was happening,
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and something was changing in the way
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that I was thinking about things.
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A few weeks after that, I met up with my hall group leader,
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and she bought me an ice cream,
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and she sat me down, and she was like,
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"So, what are your questions?"
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And I was like, "I don't want to talk to you."
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And then, she basically told me about Jesus,
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and people had done that, but I hadn't really listened,
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and then I went back to the weekly meeting, 'Unite'.
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Everyone stood up and started singing again,
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and I thought, I'm gonna join in.
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And I was thinking things through,
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and I decided that I wanted to be a Christian.
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So, I became a Christian, in that song.
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The way I understand suffering is very different now
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that I'm a Christian, to the way I understood it
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before I was a Christian.
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When I became a Christian I asked a lot of questions.
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I read through the Bible cover to cover,
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and found a God in the pages there
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that didn't cause pain, but that did redeem pain.
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So he promises that one day all pain will be made right,
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and that there will be justice,
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and those things were just so important to me.
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I think for anyone going to uni,
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I'd encourage them with one thing,
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ask every question you have and don't be afraid to ask them.
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Because there are answers,
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and it's gonna be the easiest time in your life,
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when people are the most open
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to answering your questions, to do so.