No Greater Love: Catie Rawl
It is crazy to imagine that God loves us and desires a personal relationship with each and every one of us. However, Romans 5:8 says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” There is, and there will never be, a greater love than that of Christs. Catie Rawl tells her story of how she came to personally know Christ and his love through an FCA Cheerleading Camp and how it has forever changed her life.
I was blessed to grow up in the church. My younger brother and I were at church every time the doors were open. I even attended a Christian school from the ages of 8-16. While faith has always been a huge part of my life and something that was instilled in me from a very young age, it was not until I attended an FCA/UCA Cheerleading Camp in 2012 at the University of Tennessee that I really understood what it was to have a relationship with the Lord and desired to have my own personal one with Him.
I vividly remember during worship on the third night of camp. The audio from “Father’s Love Letter” was ringing over the speakers of the chapel (video can be found here: https://www.fathersloveletter.com/ ). I broke down from a wave of overwhelming emotion as the audio played. I remember realizing for the first time that God was not just some figure that I learned about at church or school. God was a REAL and Almighty being who loved and cared for me far more than I could ever comprehend or deserve. He sacrificed His one and only Son, so I could have a personal relationship with Him.
As the audio finished I immediately rushed to my huddle leader and asked her to pray with and over me. I accepted Christ into my heart that night and began my own, personal walk with the Lord! I am so grateful to FCA Cheer for helping me along in my walk of faith and am so blessed that the Lord saw it fit to give me an opportunity to give back to the organization that helped give me the greatest gift of all, a TRUE relationship with my Lord and Savior!
I feel as if my walk of faith has truly grown in the time that I have been a college student. While I have faced many challenges that any person going to college in a new place with new people have, I am grateful to have the strongest group of people behind me. I have a support system in college, back at home, and with the amazing young men and women that I have met through working with FCA Cheer. These relationships are ones that I thank the Lord for every day. I feel like during the struggles of college; peer pressure, stress, or even extreme homesickness, The Lord has been my rock. I have learned to lean on Him and really dig into His word more than I ever have in my life.
On the days where I have been the most down and at my breaking point, God has provided me with the strength I needed to persist on. He has shown me that though I may be weak at times, He is strong and faithful.
Posted on Tue, March 19, 2019
by Marilou Braswell