Forgetting What Lies Behind—One of the Best Decisions of My Life!

01/11/17 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Student Life


Do you know that there’s more but are afraid to leave the familiar to follow your heart? Grace Kissinger was… 


At 19, with direction for her life, she was ready for something to change.

“I asked God to show me what to do, and He answered! While on the school’s website, one girl’s testimony really spoke to me, and I knew Charis was where I was supposed to be.

I applied and planned to attend in the fall. But that summer, I got distracted by life, friends and a relationship. When it was time to go, I didn't even want to anymore. I was afraid of all that I would lose. 

I went anyway, but for two weeks, all I thought about was what I’d left behind. So I moved back home. But I had no peace. Knowing I wasn't doing what I was supposed to be doing and extremely unhappy, I stayed for almost a year. God blessed me, but I knew there was more. 

With the Holy Spirit’s ‘encouragement’, I finally told God, ‘Okay, I’ll go back!!’ Immediate peace came over me! Everything that I left before, I was leaving again—but this time I wasn't afraid; I was excited! Returning home only made me realize why I left in the first place! 

GraceLike Paul, I determined to forget the things that were behind and look forward to what lay ahead.God began to bless me more than I ever thought possible. He provided all that I needed. I’m amazed daily at all God is doing in my life, and there are amazing things to come!

It’s ALWAYS worth it to listen to God—who knows best and desires to bless us! And it’s never too late to listen. He is always willing to start anew and do great things in our lives. 

Honestly, apart from making Jesus my Lord and Savior, coming to Charis was the best decision of my life!”