By Hope Mulholland

This might sound a little dramatic, but hear me out. A trip to Wal-Mart changed my life.

I don’t mean this in the way of “I had the best day of my life”, I got everything I needed and wanted on my list, met the love of my life, and someone graciously paid for my groceries.

It was actually a terrible day. My relationship was on the fritz, and I was on an overly tight budget. Instead, what made this trip so incredibly great was my encounter with a friend of mine that I had not seen for two years. We stood in the parking lot and talked for about five minutes, but agreed to meet again at a later date to chat more. Fast forward about a week to a coffee shop where I had the most innocent, yet convicting conversation I had ever held. It started out casual enough - catching up on life changes, school, and immediate future plans; however, the conversation started to become a little more intense when our day-to-day lives were brought up. She was actively engaged in the college ministry at her church, and then proceeded to ask how my walk with Christ was going.

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” -Proverbs 27:17

Previously I was not the type of person to just openly tell people where I stood with Christ because in reality I had no idea, but in that moment, I was overcome and decided to open up. During my explanation, I began to realize that my relationship with Christ was not even lukewarm. It was freezing cold. As in I was freezing out the one thing in my life that could make everything better in the blink of an eye, yet I was still attending church every Sunday. Who knew you could be a Christian, and still not really be a Christian? This may all sound like I was put on the spot and torn down, but it was actually just the opposite. My friend uplifted me, and helped me take action towards the true-life God had in store for me. I even went home and wrote in my journal that night how inspired I felt, and how I never wanted to forget this feeling.

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” -Proverbs 16:24

From that point on I promised myself that I would prevent myself from ever getting to the point of freezing out my Savior by surrounding myself with a community that would point me in the only direction I needed to go. This, my friends, is where Two42 enters the scene. I can happily say I found exactly what I needed to accomplish my goals. My walk with Christ is far from perfect or complete, and will always be that way, but I have accountability, love, support, and forgiveness readily available whenever I need it.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:11

The encounter at Wal-Mart was a total “wow moment” in Christ because during the discussion with my friend, she mentioned she rarely goes to Wal-Mart, but she felt God leading her to go. She explained her plan was to just go buy a bottle of water until we bumped into each other on the way to her car. Her dedication to what God called her to do, plus the life change I have experienced since our conversation, is what sparked the fire in my soul to pursue my King fully.

“Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds they would be too many to declare.” - Psalm 40:5