By Elisha Hammond
Star of the 90's TV hit Full House and the new Netflix reboot Fuller House Candace Cameron Bure was an admirable role model, successful actress, and devoted mother but says she was still "not good enough".
One of few child stars who by all appearances was left fairly uncorrupted by fame at such a young age, many would ask why she felt her life was insufficient.
"When I stood back and looked at myself, I thought, 'you know, I'm still a very good person'," Candace says.
"I thought about other celebrities that got mixed up with drugs and alcohol, robbery and even thrown in jail. Comparing myself to those people, I thought I was a saint!"
But she goes on to explain in her webpage testimony: "While I thought I was a good person compared to other people, I saw I was a horribly bad person by God's standard."
Candace grew up in a family with strong moral principles, and they all became Christians after a friend invited them to church.
"My heart felt warm and I saw how happy my mom, brother and sister were. I decided I wanted to feel the same way," Candace explains.
She says she accepted Christ as her Savior at age 12, two years into her role as DJ Tanner on Full House.
But after becoming a Christian, she says, following Jesus was merely an afterthought.
"I'd go [to church] when I had time, or when I wasn't too busy. It wasn't my first priority anymore."
Candace began reflecting on her Christian life after reading Left Behind by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, a fictional depiction of Jesus' return based on the Biblical book of Revelation.
"I could not understand how a pastor could be 'left behind' [when Jesus came back to take everyone who was saved to heaven] and figured the authors had probably never read a Bible!"
Through this book, she realized she had believed she could "ask God into my heart, live my life the way I wanted to (even if it was not pleasing to the Lord), and still be in Heaven when I died. Boy, did I have it all wrong."
Candace's priorities truly shifted when her brother, actor Kirk Cameron, gave her a book that explained why Jesus died on the cross.
"The Way of the Master by Ray Comfort changed my walk with God forever," she says. "It talks about the Ten Commandments and showed me my sin in its true light.
"I learned God was going to judge me by His (perfect) standard, not the world's standard.
"It was then that I truly recognized what Jesus had done for me. I had broken the Law and He had paid my fine."
"You can call yourself whatever you want," Candace says thoughtfully. "You can have a belief or knowledge of it; but unless you're actually moving forward in action it's really just an idea."
Candace has published two books that focus on various aspects of her spiritual walk and its impact on her career and family life.
"Giving God everything is such a critical part of the Christian walk," she wrote in her latest book Dancing Through Life.
Married to ex-hockey player Valeri Bure, Candace says she is glad she took ten years out of work to be a stay-at-home mom for her three children.
"Had I been focused on trying to juggle motherhood, work, travel, and my husband's schedule all in that time, I never would have developed the relationship with God I have now... as a mom, I'm so glad I didn't miss out on anything," she told Risen magazine.
Now back into acting, Candace is fulfilling timely roles in many family movies for the Hallmark Channel and co-hosted a US women's talk show.
Recently she has been tied up in shooting Fuller House, an updated 'three single mothers' version of the show that established her career.
She concludes by exclaiming; "[God] 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!"•