Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More Than Just a Picture with Sadie Robertson by Grace Kilgore

Last month I got the privilege of meeting Sadie Robertson. Through the experience, I got to see how beautiful, kind-hearted and full of wisdom Sadie is. Upon learning that I would have the chance to meet someone that I have admired for so long, I knew I had two options: I could get a picture with her that I would immediately share with all my friends; or I could use this opportunity to help me grow in my character, my faith and my life. I chose wisely and decided to prepare some questions for Sadie so I could get her perspective and learn from her experience. 

Meeting her really exceeded every expectation I had. She is as grounded, kind, and as in love with God as I had seen from afar. Here are some of the questions I asked her, along with her insightful responses:

Q: How do I know if my purpose in life as I see it is in line with what God’s purpose and plan is for me? 
A: If you think that the path you want for yourself is pure and beneficial for you and towards others, it must be God’s plan for you. God wants to see you grow and live your life through him, so there is no problem in doing things for Him or others. As long as you are living for him and sharing that with others, it has to be part of His plan. Don’t worry so much if it is the one thing as long as it is right.

Q: How do you stay true to yourself while in high school?
A: Surround yourself with people who want the best for you. If you are around people that are a bad influence, their influence will spread to you. Stay with the people who you trust and who love the Lord. One way I stayed close to my friends and God was by starting a Bible study. We met often to challenge each other and keep in touch with God at the same time!

Q: How do you grow confidence in yourself?
A: Have faith. God made you and every part of you exactly as he wants you. Now you just have to put your full trust in Him and know he made you exactly the way he wanted you to be. God never makes mistakes, so there’s no way you are one.

Q: How did you maintain a healthy relationship with God?
A: Praying. I am constantly giving thanks, asking for help or just talking to God. It helps me think that we’re having a conversation, and that really helps me grow in my faith.

Wow! I was so lucky to have this experience -- and I have to give a huge thanks to Glory Haus for making it happen! And I realized something: not only do I have the memory of this amazing moment, but I also have the insights that will help me grow in my faith and help me to guide others. If you are so fortunate to meet Sadie Robertson, here’s my biggest piece of advice: relax and be yourself, because Sadie certainly is. She is exactly as you’d expect her to be, and most importantly, she is present -- with you! Have fun, take pictures, and enjoy the day, but if you get the chance, try to have an honest conversation with her about your faith, your struggles, and how she lives original. I bet you’ll find her to be as happy and open to have a conversation with you as I did. And don’t forget to tell her I said ‘Hello!’