This month I wanted to introduce you to Braden Harper! Braden started getting involved here at Asbury in February of 2019 and is an active part of the Chainbreakers community. He grew up here at Asbury and is now returning to Tulsa after getting his degree at Rogers State! He works for Channel 8 News and is getting his master’s from OSU in Mass Communications as well! Braden is a storyteller at heart and is working towards his dream job of being a news reporter.
Having grown up at Asbury, Braden shared that Asbury helped him have a foundation and basic understanding of the Christian faith. As he went off to college, Braden got involved in a Baptist on campus organization. It was here that he learned more in depth what it truly meant to be a believer. Through a mentorship, he learned about being a part of the body of Christ and why it is so important to be in Christian community and to serve. It was during his time at college that Braden went from being a passive believer to understanding deeply what it means to be a part of the Church. He learned the importance of being present in a Christian community and now seeks out intentional community. He said that because of the size, Asbury was a bit intimidating at first, but because he knows how important community is he decided to take the time and effort to find the right place for him – and he is pleased to have found it here at Asbury in the Chainbreakers community!
As Braden reflected on what God has done in his life, He shared about the provision and guidance God has given him. Braden feels that in every situation, God has brought him to the right place at the right time. God has been moving in Braden’s life in lots of ways to guide him to where he is today, and Braden couldn’t be happier. It hasn’t always been what he thought it was going to be, but he has learned and can say with confidence that God will always be with Him, working in his life, and bringing him to where he needs to be.
Braden and I spoke in depth about community and the importance of it. It is hard to do life alone and we need people around us to support us. We also gather in order to share what God has done in our personal lives with other people so that they too can understand and can become more open to accepting Christ for themselves and allowing Him to do wonderful things in their own lives. Braden feels that one of the biggest misconceptions about religion is that people think it is about being perfect. In Braden’s words, “Christianity is not about being perfect – it’s about offering yourself and all of your imperfections to God and to do your best to serve and love people as Jesus did.”