Ryan grew up in an interfaith home and celebrated both Jewish and Christian holidays. Early on, Ryan struggled with insecurity and anxiety. Although he believed in God, Ryan was not grounded in either faith. His anxiety soon got the better of him. An altercation that led to the police being called was a wake-up call for Ryan.
He admitted that he needed help, so his mother sent him to a Christian counseling center. There he realized he measured his self-worth by all the wrong things.
The counselor was able to show Ryan how he could have victory; that it was possible through the Messiah, Yeshua. Ryan realized that if his identity is grounded in Yeshua, then he did not need to struggle to prove himself to anybody.