One year ago today I took a major step in my life, I was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I repented for my sins and asked God to help me be better than I had been before and since that day, I have been actively trying to work out my own salvation by studying his word and slowly shedding indecent worldly customs. I haven’t been perfect in this past year, there are still a lot of things I need to change in order to be in accordance with his holy word but I do see change. I have failed him many times in my thoughts, actions, and words but every time I humbly ask for his forgiveness and he strength to be better. I constantly find myself reflecting on the poor decisions of my past and thanking God because I am not that person anymore. I have grown so much and it is not by any doings of my own but wholely and solely by the grace and mercy of the Lord. I had never considered myself a lost person before. I didn’t smoke, I didn’t sleep around (though I had an experience), I had morals, and considered myself to be a pretty good person. While all of that is well and good, I’ve realized, God’s plan isn’t for us to just be good. Good is mediocre. God wants us to be his people and reflect him perfectly. We were created in his beautiful image and are loved so much that he gave his only begotten son in order to give us a chance to perfect our hearts. I’ve discovered that I don’t want to be a good person anymore, I want God to perfect me: perfect the way I praise him, perfect the way I love him, perfect the way I represent him in m daily life. I know to the world perfection seems impossible but the number one lesson I have learned during my journey: With God, anything and everything is possible. I am so grateful for His mercy.