Before attending Ekko, my faith was not a priority in my life. Growing up, I always belonged to big congregations and was never plugged in so I never had a church that quite felt like home. As a young adult, attending a Sunday service once a month was fulfilling enough to where I felt I had done my “Christian deed” and left with my spiritual fix.
However, joining Orthopraxis was a game changer. Orthopraxis taught me ground up what it means to live a Christian life and for the first time, forced me to make a commitment to the Lord. Orthopraxis provided spiritual structure, personal discipline, and a breakdown of God’s expectations of me-things all very new to me. During a season of aimlessness, destructible behavior, and consistent bad habits, God made his voice heard in my life and for the first time I was receptive and it’s been a beautiful relationship ever since.
I didn’t change overnight, I didn’t receive vivid prophecies, or experience spiritual anomalies. Most times I wonder if he even hears me. However, establishing a relationship with God and getting to know my Creator was the first step in finding myself. In a world full of looming temptations, Orthopraxis helped enlighten me on how to repent should you fall and how God’s unconditional love will guide you. Above all, Orthopraxis has taught me we are all sinners. Sinners who are working our hardest to serve God’s kingdom and become more like him. I struggle with my faith, I have waves of doubt, and sometimes I don’t like the answers I’m given, but believing God has a plan for me is the faith I thrive off to do my share. Putting God first has helped bring such peace and I’m excited for the future story, future life God and I will create together.
Christina works in fashion PR and ultimately would like to become a creative director of a lifestyle brand. Her hobbies include collecting and framing art, amateur astronomy, and practicing acupuncture on whoever will let her (she promises to start with the small needles). She attends Torrance #2 Ekklesia.