Back to Reach • Testimony #7
Ben Heddy-Kennedy | Operations Staff
I was raised in a close-knit family. Growing up we did a lot together, but the church was not one of those things. My uncle is a music director at a church, so we attended his church on special holidays, but that was about it. Things changed when I started middle school. A friend invited my sisters, a couple of other friends, and me to The River Church (Goodrich) all-nighter. It sounded like fun, so we all went. Sometime in the middle of all the craziness, the youth director got up and spoke about Hell, Heaven, and Jesus. I raised my hand, met with him, and repeated a prayer he said. I do not think it sunk in at that point. I believe that was a turning point for our family. My parents rededicated their lives, our whole family started going to church together, and I attended both Sunday and Thursday youth group times.
Ninth grade is a transition time for all kids, but it was a real tough time for me. I felt alone and even depressed. I got serious about reading the Bible and prayer. It was then that I got serious about following Christ. I tend to be on the shy side and hang out behind the scenes, but I knew I was not alone. The youth core group Bible studies and 5th quarter became part of my routine. That middle school prayer now made more sense.
My favorite verses are 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, “And to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” I recently saw these verses and felt they dictated my view on life. We need to be people known for working hard. It is important to get down to it and get it done. I take a healthy pride in being part of the Operations Staff at Church. Recently, when I was setting up chairs for a concert, I thought about how I was doing something important and all the people that would now have a place to sit comfortably. I must admit, bathrooms are not my favorite, but I make sure people can trust they are clean. I know what I do makes a difference for others and eventually even the Gospel.
We are all part of the Body of Christ, and each one of us needs to be diligent in what the Lord has for us.