My name is Daniel Reyes, and I’m a sophomore at St John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. I love playing and watching football as well as hanging out with anybody and everybody.
This is the story of how I decided to get baptized.
Before Jesus, I lived my life for myself and not God. I grew up with parents that loved me so much (they still do), and they set a great example for how I should live my life for Christ and not anyone else, but I didn’t understand it fully until I was older. I went to church on Sundays and listened to the Bible stories and the sermons, but during the rest of the week, I did what I wanted to do without thinking about whether or not it was God-honoring.
I also played sports and played hoping to bring glory to myself and make myself look good rather than doing the same for God. Sports is what I found my identity in and I used it to measure my value and let it dictate what I thought about myself. If I had a good game, I felt good, but if I had a bad game I felt really awfully about myself.
There was something vitally important missing from my life but I didn’t know it at the time. I was involved in D-Team starting in 6th grade, and it was a fun time to hang out with my friends and my leader Kyle, but it was little more than that. In school I called myself a Christian, but I don’t believe I did the best job of displaying that or setting an example for my peers.
During the Grace Students Spring Retreat in 2017, I came to the realization that God was calling me to forget about all my previous priorities, desires, and needs in order to focus my life on him instead of myself. I was overwhelmed with emotion and prayed with my other leader Kevin.
With the help of Kevin and Kyle, I began to turn my life around for the better. I began to dedicate myself to doing daily devotions every morning before school as well as break away from habits that weren’t God-honoring. I truly began to understand and apply the sermons that were preached in The Warehouse to my daily life outside of church.
As for sports, I don’t play for myself anymore. With the help of my sports-oriented daily devotions, I have learned to play for God and do everything for his glory instead of my own because he is the one who gave me my gifts and allows me to do what I do. I cannot thank him enough for that, but I do my best through my performance. One of my favorite verses is Colossians 3:17 because I believe it is a very good representation of how I strive to live.
Now, I’m an overall happier and more satisfied person and, through all I do, I live to bring glory to God’s name, instead of my own. I am being baptized because I want to externally show my internal dedication to Jesus and his kingdom in heaven.