Central Magnet School FCA Huddle had the opportunity to hear an awesome speaker during huddle time recently. Anne Marie (Lanning) Brentz, a former Middle Tennessee State University basketball player, met with the group to share her testimony and talk to the students about how wonderful it is to have a relationship with Jesus.
Annie Marie started with the verse from Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing, and perfect will."
She explained to the group, "If you continue to look for satisfaction from earthly things, you will just continue to be disappointed, but if you take up your cross and follow Jesus, you will be fully satisfied and live everlasting, eternal life."
She further told the athletes that God didn't intend for them to face everything all alone, that's why He sent his only son, Jesus. However, she said, He steps back and lets us choose to have a relationship with Him."
"He's always there, leaning in with open arms. He said I will never leave you nor forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). Life is about choices," she explained, "and there will be struggles, and we aren't always going to make the right choices, but when we feel like we've gotten ourselves in too deep, we must look to Jesus for forgiveness. And he meets us right where we are, no matter what our brokenness or sin looks like. He longs to have a relationship with ALL of us and promised he would bring us hope, strength, and truth in every season."
She asked the students to think about that for a minute, and then asked, "How many friends do you have that will love you no matter how bad you hurt their feelings or disappoint them? It may take awhile to get over it, huh? Well, it's not like that with Jesus. He loves us beyond measure. It's an ALL THE TIME type of love, NEVER temporary."
At the end of the meeting, Annie Marie shared her personal testimony with the group, an example of true brokenness and then restoration to life by the love and grace of our Lord and Savior.
Thank you for your transparency and for constantly pouring into students Anne Marie Brentz.