It had been a long time since I said “yes” to Jesus.
Let’s go back. I was raised in a Christian home, went to a Christian school, had Christian friends and I loved Jesus. I knew what he had done for me. But like many relationships, sometimes you grow up and grow apart. And let’s be honest, I was never the most exemplary to begin with—I was a free spirit and you could say I went toward the ‘ways of the wild’ during much of my twenties. I’ve never stopped loving or believing in him, but I wasn’t the type to shout it and I probably didn’t show it well either.
One day in 2007 I walked into Summit and heard Isaac preach for the first time. That was the day I fell in love with this church. Though that was the start of my journey with this place, it wasn’t without some hesitation and distance. The services and music would bring me to tears and I’d make promises to be more for him, but I didn’t exactly fulfill those promises.
Fast forward to 2016, my year of yes. My husband Scott, two daughters, and I call Summit Lake Mary our church home. We’ve been at this campus for two years now and while it was comfortable for us to sit quietly in service each week, leaving with that high of a beautiful message and crazy good music, God was stirring up some new courage in my heart, a major need for more of him and to be of more service to him. So; I decided I would say yes to whatever came my way through the church. Shortly after that internal declaration, O.J. mentioned Connect groups, so Scott and I joined a Starter group with some amazing people, and through that group, came the decision for us to take Zach’s Reconstructing Evangelism class.
I was terrified. Zach and I actually grew up together, so, my forethought consisted of an already insecure ability to share my faith, and an added fear that surely I’d embarrass myself in front of my old-classmate-now-pastor!
This class began as a real challenge for me and source of fear, but quickly morphed into a change in the way I see and love people. I prayed hard for people in my life who were struggling and saw change. I reached out to people I wouldn’t have otherwise, and new conversations were born. It’s taken me out of my silent comfort zone and I emerged on the other side proud of myself and bolder in my faith. These changes were not like magic, but they are real.
While I did bawl my way through sharing my testimony and my best attempt at the gospel in that final class with Zach, it was a beautiful moment for me and one that was the start of a new security in my faith. I’ve asked God to lead me and take me where he wants me and the opportunities are coming like rapid fire. God has a path for me and though I wish I had followed more closely much sooner, I’m so thankful for this church and its ability to so seamlessly present God’s faithfulness and patience for me.
If you’re like me, and you identify with a more introverted faith, sit quietly through service, and go home, but feel a tug at your spirit, there’s more for you, just say yes and go find it.
Reconstructing Evangelism is starting January 26th at the Herndon campus. Join us!
Christy Solano is a long-time Summit attendee. Her husband, Scott, and two daughters (Colette and Belle) attend the Lake Mary campus. She's served at niceSERVE, is in a Connect group, and has worked for an international real estate company for 13 years. The Solanos are avid road-trippers, nature-seekers, and theme-park enthusiasts who are dedicated to seeing as much of the world as they can!