I went to church camp when I was 12, about to turn 13. Jesus completely wrecked my life (in an awesome way) and I have never been the same since. The school year after the camp, I told my parents I wanted to home school so I could go to the church everyday and help my youth pastor with anything he needed. My parents, being the amazing people that they are, totally supported me and allowed me to do just that. After serving faithfully for about a year, a new opportunity arose when the church decided to put together a youth band. When they announced that they were holding tryouts, it instantly stuck in my mind. I knew I had no music abilities, but still I felt like I was supposed to audition. I was always the quite kid in the back of the room, too shy to approach people and obviously too shy to get on a stage in front of a crowd of people! But I followed my heart where God was leading me. I walked up onto the stage and sang Here I Am To Worship. That was the first time I found my voice. And it's so unbelievable to me how far God has brought me. He has opened so many doors for me and I am truly humbled and blessed to be doing what I do. Music instantly became my greatest passion in life, and it grows stronger with each and every breath. I'm not where I am by my own doing. I give Jesus all the credit and praise.
Remember, nothing is impossible! Allow God to direct you and you will live with purpose and your heart will be full of joy.