I have found this one to be more true than I ever imagined. Belief is a personal matter, but if you don't study and learn and grow, your beliefs will change. If you don't have a personal testimony, there will come a time when it will be easier to not believe. There will be times when others will sway you with their arguments or opinions.
All my life, I have had a testimony that God loves me. I can't even begin to explain why I felt so strongly about that. Perhaps it is because of the fear I had as a child, seeing a face in the window that terrified me and praying so hard for it to go away. Feeling the comfort and knowledge that is was gone and I was safe. It never seemed to matter what church I was going to either. My testimony at that time was not built upon a church. It was built upon a Savior. It seemed to me that I could find Him anywhere if I looked hard enough.
I think that might be why my testimony today is so strong. It is because I have looked for Him and believed in Him no matter where I was or what I was doing. When I searched for Him, I found others who taught me of His love. When I needed Him, He was there. He didn't take away the bad things in my life, but He was always there so that I did not walk the path alone.
I have learned that I have to look for His influence in my life. He does not shout out to me. He does not appear beside me to save the day. Mostly, He is just there. Comforting my journey, lighting my way, reminding me that I am loved and needed and enough.
The world would have us believe there is no Savior, that He is a great myth. That there is no righteousness or unrighteousness. That we don't need a God in our lives anymore. I have even heard that we have outgrown our need for Him. But I say, He is there waiting for you to hear the still small voice. He is there to carry you forward when your footsteps falter with fatigue and weariness. He is there to heal your heart and make you whole.
We never outgrow our need for acceptance and love. We never outgrow our need for understanding and peace. We never could possibly outgrow our need for Him.