Rachel Cannon’s Essay

June 24, 2015
Don Carey

Rachel Cannon

I love this verse and the idea of reconciliation with God that it emphasizes.  In verse 17, Paul writes,” If anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” I feel extremely blessed by the message Paul brings us in this verse that God makes us new when we are in Christ. I was a sinner, but now I am His daughter. I was condemned, but now I am justified. Paul continues on in the message to say that “all of these new things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ.” God reconciled us to Him through Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. Jesus Christ bore the burden of our sins and His death tore the veil that separated us from a personal relationship with God. Through Christ’s death and resurrection, we have hope and are reconciled to God. Verse 21 reads: “God caused the one who didn’t know sin to be sin for our sake so that through him we could become the righteousness of God.” I am continually amazed and humbled that God’s love for is great enough that he would sacrifice His son so that we could be reconciled with Him. Because of His mercy and grace, it is my duty and my pleasure to be Christ’s ambassador and share this message to everyone around me.

I work each day to be one of Christ’s ambassadors. The summer before my sophomore year, I had a life-changing experience on a mission trip to Blue Knob, Pennsylvania with my youth group. I heard God’s call for the first time when He called me to start an organization in my youth group to help younger youth on their faith journey. After many prayers and lots of research, I started a program in my youth group where the senior high students mentor the junior highs and act as a “big brother or sister.” I have been running the Oak Grove UMC Youth Mentoring Program for two years. This program has enabled me to be an Ambassador for Christ and helped other youth do the same. The program has been such a blessing in my life because I have seen the ways Christ has worked through the mentors. For example, a sixth grader in my youth group last year faced a major storm in her life when her father passed away from cancer. Through the program, an older youth who had also lost her mother to cancer was able to counsel with her and be a friend in Christ.

I hope to continue to be an Ambassador for Christ in the future. I believe that God gives us all individual gifts to use for His glory. I think one of my many blessings from God is a love for math and a passion for learning. I want to apply these gifts by becoming an engineer. I want to be an engineer because I want to use my skills and education to help people. I would love to go work in developing countries and help them build more sophisticated water filtration systems. I can at least solve a few of the problems our world faces today by being an engineer. I hope to specialize in civil engineering and help my community by improving the infrastructure. I have also wanted to pursue a career that is male-dominated in order to “break the glass ceiling” and inspire other girls to pursue careers in the STEM branches. I will study engineering at Virginia Tech in the fall.