Zach Carrico

Zach Carrico—Every Story Matters

Shortly after I was born, I was baptized in another Christian faith. Although my family attended church and I attended religious schools,  I never felt a close connection with God. Then, one Sunday while visiting my Grandpa in Florida, we visited his Baptist church. My grandpa’s church was a new and refreshing religious experience for me, even though I was somewhat confused by the service when members would randomly call out “Praise the Lord” and “Amen” in the middle of the sermon. A spark was lit inside of me that day because, unlike our church, there was passion in their worship.  On the way home, I told my mom and dad that I thought I might want to be a Baptist when I grew up, and I asked if that would that be ok.  They assured me that finding God was a personal journey that I, alone, would make and that no one had the right to dictate to me where or how I should worship.   
    That experience motivated my parents to begin a search for a church where we could feel the power of the Holy Spirit at work.  We tried different services but, still, there was not a connection.  Finally, one Sunday, we entered Broadway Baptist.  I still remember that incredibly awkward feeling of being “the visitors” and not knowing what to do. Then, a South Korean children’s choir filed in and began singing.  To say I was confused would be a massive understatement.  Once I figured out that we had not inadvertently walked into a special South Korean church service, I relaxed and enjoyed the experience.  After church that day, we all agreed that our search for a church home was over.  Broadway Baptist was a church unlike any I had ever been to.  Church members made me feel welcome.  The sermons made me think.  The music made me feel the power of God.  The prayers showed me that I could talk with God anytime and about anything.  For two and a half years, I came to Broadway to listen and learn.  Whereas before I always thought of God as a distant authority, here I learned that God was all around me, loving me, and that all I had to do was seek him.  
    I am here because I asked God to come into my life.  I choose to be a Christian and to follow Him.   I don’t want to travel through life alone or without a higher purpose.  It seems to me that life can get pretty challenging.  If I am to be the best person I can be, then I need faith to guide me.  I have never been surer of a decision in my life nor has my faith ever been stronger.  I asked to be baptized today to wash away the past so that I can start anew.  Then, when hard times come, as I know they will, I will remember this day and know that God is with me and he will see me through.