With her super chic style and ridiculously youthful radiance for a mom of 40, Candace Cameron Bure seems to have the “picture perfect” life.
The value system and faith that she models in her daily life has been an inspiration to many who are tired of seeing liberals take over the Hollywood scene—but she wasn’t always so deeply rooted in her relationship with Jesus Christ.
“When I was growing up, my family wasn’t Christian. We didn’t talk about God and I didn’t know anything about him,” she shared on her website. “When I was 12 years old, my parents told us we were going to church; a friend had invited us. It was strange to me, and I giggled at the thought of God.”
Eventually those church visits started to change her and fill her with a “warmth” she hadn’t experienced before. It was then that 12-year-old Candace decided to invite Jesus into her heart as her personal Lord and Savior.
But it wasn’t until she was much older that she started to rethink her Christian life. Particularly after having kids, Candace was forced to ask herself the hard questions, as she opened up about in an interview:
“One of the things that brought me to even start questioning my relationship with God was having my own children because once you have this precious little life, you start to wonder, ‘Well, what am I going to teach them? What do I want them to know?’ And then you have to question yourself. ‘Well, what legacy do I want to pass on to my child?’ And that really got me thinking about my faith because it really wasn’t a part of my life.”
On top of having children, Candace elaborated on another “lightbulb moment” that shaped her perspective on faith more than anything else:
“The biggest lightbulb moment for me was reading a book that my brother had given me called The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort. Having read this book, it took the Gospel message for me and applied it personally to me, so I could finally see myself in the Gospel. I could finally see that I really am a sinner, that I am not this great, wonderful, perfect person that I always thought that I was or was trying to achieve.”
She explained this pivotal moment further in her written testimony, admitting that she “didn’t even know what [her] sin was” until this life-changing book opened her eyes to it:
It talked about the 10 commandments, and showed me my sin in its true light. You see, when I prayed the “sinner’s prayer” that day in church when I was 12, I asked God to forgive my sins. But I didn’t even know what my sin was. But, the law showed me my sin. As I went through every commandment, I saw that I’d broken all of them. Then I learned that God was going to judge me by this standard, not the world’s standard. So, while I thought I was a good person compared to other people, I saw that I was a horribly bad person by God’s standard. It was then that I truly recognized and understood my sin and what Jesus did for me. I broke the Law, and Jesus paid my fine. God has changed me in ways that words can’t describe. He has transformed the way I think and live my life. Things that were once important to me are no longer. I can’t help but share the Good News with everyone! I know there is nothing more important. I know that without Christ, the eternal consequences are devastating. I urge you to surrender your whole life to Jesus, turn from your sin and trust in Him with all your heart. Pick up a Bible, and start reading. Let me leave you with this:
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at: but now commands all men everywhere to repent: Because he has appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained.”
Acts. 17:30, 31a
See more from Candace Cameron Bure’s powerful testimony in her “Celebrity Stories of Faith” segment below: