Amy - Christianity
When I was 13 someone invited me to the ‘cool youth church’ down the road. It took some persuading, but I was eventually lured through the doors by the promise of free doughnuts. Fast forward a couple of years – I did enjoy some free doughnuts. But to my surprise, I found something much more precious: I met Jesus. My life hasn’t been the same since.
It’s hard to summarise just how much my faith means to me, because it encompasses my whole existence. Far from just a chapter of my life, it’s the whole story.
When I graduated in 2018, I was at a loss for what to do next. So, I did what I’ve always done and prayed God would provide the right job for me. Lo and behold, an opportunity arose to work for an MP. I had never believed someone like me could work in Westminster and was taken by total surprise when I was offered the job. But 3 years later, I absolutely adore working in Parliament and thank God each day for the opportunity.
I’ve battled with imposter syndrome, but God has always reminded me of who I am. My faith gives me purpose. My faith tells me it’s not an accident I’m here in Parliament. My faith reminds me of my calling: to love people like Jesus did. Whether that be through designing impactful policy, helping constituents in casework, or simply by trying to be a good (office!) neighbour.
Politicians are human and, like me, will inevitably sometimes get things wrong. But my faith never fails me. That’s why I can engage in politics with a healthy passion, whilst protected by the disappointments it can often bring, because I’m sure that there will always be something greater to come.