This I Believe

Michelle - Belleville, New Jersey
Entered on January 29, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

I Believe in the Bible

Growing up as one of Jehovah Witnesses, I’ve always been taught that the bible is the inspired word of God, and as such, Jehovah’s Witnesses base their beliefs solely on bible teachings. I remember ever since I was a very young, going to meetings, and out in the field ministry, were all apart of my daily life. I can recall getting up early on Saturday morning, combing my hair, putting on my tights and little dress, and participating in the field ministry. I always enjoyed going out and encouraging people to look into their bible, but I was not always met with enthusiasm.

I can recall once when I was younger, that this elderly woman started screaming at my friend and I saying “What is that little girl doing here!? She should be home watching TV. Her parents should be thrown in jail!” Her comment didn’t faze me though. I knew exactly why I was out preaching that day. It certainly wasn’t because of my parents, or because there was nothing good on TV…it was because of my love for God and my neighbors.

Although my parents never made me do anything, except maybe clean my room, they have always encouraged me to read the bible daily, and apply its principles in my life. I greatly appreciate my parents for the loving direction that they gave me over the years. Bible knowledge has helped me find inner peace, contentment as well as hope. My parents taught me to be loving, humble, forgiving, and treat others the way I would like to be treated. I found that despite the bible being thousands of years old, it is a very practical book for our day and contains reliable principles to help us cope with life’s problems and anxieties. I believe that if everyone followed the principles found in the bible, the world would be a much happier and safer place to live.

Even though I have found comfort in the scriptures, my life is far from perfect. I’m not immune to problems and I get stressed out just like everyone else. I’ve learned to rely on God to deal with my problems however I do believe in life everyone chooses their own destiny, and you need to take responsibility for your actions. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life was on February 28, 2005. That’s the day I symbolized my dedication to God by water baptism.