"I work at Lipscomb and Pitts insurance and I'm also a helper and encourager to young singers and worshippers. I'm a seeker of peace and beauty in life. Whether it's spending time in the outdoors or working outside tending to plants and things, I just enjoy taking it all in.

As a kid I used to see the church as exclusive. It was this "we've got it right they've got it wrong" attitude that I bought into. Now I see the church as a whole, inclusive, the body of Christ, seeking to love and meet people where they are. The grid through which you see life, your family background, your past, all of it, God isn't interested in right, He's going to meet you where you are.

That's one of the most important aspects of the church in my life. Acceptance. I know and feel I can be honest with people in the church. Even though I may not be doing what others think I should be doing all the time, I'm unconditionally accepted. And it's that acceptance, that love of Christ that compels us. I want to live in that. I want to dig deep into that acceptance and flourish in it and let it drive me to live for Christ, not out of guilt but because His love compels me.

God is my hero and champion. Life is not easy and my life is not easy. Through our own choices and mistakes or the choices and mistakes of others, life, in general, is not easy. The fact that he's my champion means I don't have to worry about how my life will turn out. He's got that. Recently, I needed a job and got a job in the craziest way possible. God surprised me and did something unbelievable. I've heard stories of God doing miraculous things, but I hadn't experienced that in a long time. He's my champion, He's got me. He's my provider and my tireless pursuer. Even though I don't deserve this job; I don't have the qualifications for this job, yet God provided for me in ways I never thought possible." ~ Amy Redden Smith ‪#‎facesofc3‬‪#‎c3memphis‬ ‪#‎c3volunteer‬ ‪#‎story‬ ‪#‎yourstory‬ ‪#‎church‬ ‪#‎champion‬ ‪#‎grace‬‪#‎noothername‬ ‪#‎Jesus‬ ‪#‎namesnotnumbers‬ ‪#‎redemption‬