My Life Before Christ
I was born on September 30, 1985, in Milwaukee, WI, to the beloved Dorothy S. Mitchell and James R. Marks. I was what one would call a “pretty good kid”: I excelled in school, strived to stay out of trouble, went to church weekly, and was very involved in church ministry. Nice plot line, huh? The ironic thing was that my worship was vain and empty. Just as the prophet Isaiah bore witness, “Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote” (Isaiah 29:13). I did what I did because it made those around me happy. My heart was deceitful. I lied, stole, lusted, slandered, fought, and hated.
How Christ Saved Me
It was at Tuskegee University where my personal relationship with Christ developed and blossomed! How grateful I am to God for Tuskegee. My objective for attending Tuskegee University was to begin a journey that would prepare me for an amazing medical career, but God had different plans!
While at Tuskegee University, the Lord used a good friend to fluoresce my sin and cause me to be broken before Him. She challenged my character. She asked, “If you say you know the Lord, why don’t you keep His commandments?” (John 14:15). This instantly reminded me of a Scripture that says “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” (Matthew 22:37 KJV). I remember vividly that night in Adams Hall, Room 221, where I cried out to God, confessing my sin and professing my belief in the work Christ did on the cross. From then, my life began to change. I began to attempt to walk as the Scriptures command.
His Life in Me Since
As the Fall 2003 semester continued, the Lord called me higher in my search of Him, and I desired more and more of Him! I was thirsty for God. I became excited about meeting with the Lord, reading His Word, and surrounding myself with a body of believers who mutually supported and encouraged one another. He used a campus ministry to cultivate my relationship with Him, which is where I was introduced to discipleship. An older believer took me under her wing and began to pour into my life. She didn’t share or go through a book with me, but she shared her family, her time, her resources…her LIFE!
My life since the Lord changed my heart has not been a cakewalk, but it has been fulfilling because my hope is no longer in me or in my successes and failures. All that I do, I do for Christ; for in Him I am fulfilled. Even today, I see the amazing things He is doing and I am compelled to reverence Him; I don’t have any other choice in the matter but to stand in AWE of who He is! He is the giver of all good gifts.