Hi, my name is Ross Jamieson. I’m 19 and from Shetland. I had the privilege of growing up in a loving, Christian family with going to church and talking about Jesus as a part of life. I loved going to Sunday school and singing all the songs. I knew who Jesus was and all the well-known stories from the Bible but I didn’t understand how they applied to me. I thought I was a Christian for as long as I can remember but I think it was around 1st year of high school that I finally knew what it meant to be a Christian and why I needed to be saved. I began to understand that I was still a sinner despite trying to be ‘good’ and going to church every week with my family. Christ died and rose again to save everyone from their sins including me. He took the punishment I deserved and let me go free. It was then that I gave my life to Christ. The next few years although I was a Christian I was quite shy about it and only ever told my friends if they directly asked me. I didn’t like drawing too much attention to it in case I got left out or made fun of. I went to church every week but I hardly ever thought that much about God though the week. I wasn’t living the ideal Christian life that God wanted me to. I was more concerned about teachers liking me and getting good grades.
As I came to the end of secondary school I got more involved in the church through helping at our Youth Fellowship and operating the computer during services. This really helped me grow and mature as a Christian and I felt like I had a role to play in the church. I realised my life was worth more than just good grades. There is real joy that the hope in Christ can lead to and everyone needs to hear about this. This lead me to getting baptised in January 2016 by my dad and my youth leader. That was a very special day to me where I proclaimed my faith to my church filled with friends and family.
When I moved away to study I was a little nervous about moving to a new city and having to live in halls away from my family. I trusted that God would support me and I knew my church family back home were always praying for me. I am so thankful for all the amazing friendships I’ve made through CU and church. These people have really supported me through living away from home and I am so thankful to God for his unbelievable grace. I am confident that He has always been with me every step of the way and will forever be. I really hope this has been an encouragement to anyone who reads it and they would consider Jesus for themselves. He has changed my life and many, many others.