A Bit About Me
Payton Grace Walter
The Name Payton comes from Scottish origin as do I. The original meaning is one who defends that which is of royal estate.
Grace, which is defined as both elegance and poise, also refers to the action of showing compassion even when not earned.
Walter, being my family name, bears the meaning of Ruler of the Army.
These three names truly embody who I am.
I am a defender of that which is worth far more than any royal estate. I live to serve others and stand for truth.
Understanding that the greatest gift offered to mankind was given to me by grace, I live to demonstrate my name in every task I undertake.
And as a great general, entrusted with the actions of their regiment, I understand the responsibility that comes with great power, to bring about change and defend the rights of others.
What I believe
First and Foremost, I am a follower of Jesus Christ
Why should this matter to you and why should you care? Because my lifestyle is one that goes beyond claiming the title of “Christian”. It is one that actually lives out the traits of my Savior. I do more than simply follow a list of religious rules, but instead, seek to show the love of Christ in every act I perform. I understand that I am a living representation of Christ and therefore will conduct myself in a way that will bring only glory and honor to Him. I see my own life, and the lives of others, as priceless and worthy of respect. I am aware of the fact that my time is short and my mission to impact the lives of those around me is one that requires diligence and should never be taken for granted.
Secondly, I believe in the power of self-expression and the ability and responsibility of each person to impact the world.
Each and every person is created for a reason and with a purpose. We enter this world with a clean sheet that as we grow becomes the book of us. Through experiences and learning lessons we mold our own beliefs, options, and ideas. These are our greatest contributions to mankind. What we do with these treasures and how we go about sharing them will determine the impact we have.
- Here Am I -
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
My Fondest childhood memories consist of working on the ranch with my family as we pursued the western life. It was here that hard work and responsibility were engraved in my young mind.
At the age of 8, my family chose to take a path that would forever change my life. My father, following his calling to share the gospel by means of his country lifestyle, accepted a position as a North American Missionary and started the first Cowboy Church in the state of Colorado. Being a PK (pastor’s kid) meant that I too was in full time ministry. Here I discovered my desire to serve those in need and be a hand of help to those who hurt. At the age of 12, my life dream was to start an orphanage in India, put a stop to Human Trafficking, and find an alternative to abortion that would protect both the rights of women and children.
Going where needed meant that by the age of 19 I had moved with my family a total of 18 times, living in 6 different states. Through these adventures, I have had the opportunity to meet countless people from all walks of life. One thing this has taught me is that there are no two people who are the same, that each of us should be treated with respect because we each make up a perfect piece of this puzzle called life, and no one can be replaced.
Throughout High School, my most passionate activities were those that allowed me to express myself through art, especially written and spoken word. Qualifying to State in 4-H for multiple forms of art, and achieving the title of Marathon runner at Nationals in Speech, are just a few examples of my achievements in these areas.
Over the last three year I have been improving my leadership, communication, and customer interaction skills as a USA Certified Gymnastics Coach. Starting out with no previous experience, to earning a position as the main coach over 8 competitive athletes, five of which placed in the top 5 Over All at the State level.
Though my official title is Coach, my job description is Confidence Builder. When a child has confidence in themselves they then have the power to achieve their dreams. More than the ability to perform multiple flips or a cartwheel, I strive to impact my students entire life.
In conclusion, I am a young woman who seeks every opportunity to not only improve myself but also the lives of those around me.