Success was important to me. Throughout my life, I was taught to pursue success because success was a social value. So, my goal in life was to be successful. I grew up in the Catholic church. Although I went to mass, I did not know who God is. I did not seek Christ. I sought things that promoted me. I was self-centred.
When I entered university, I had a chance to visit a Protestant church and everything was different. Although the environment and service was new, I really enjoyed the sermon and community. I visited the church from time to time and made Christian friends.
In my second year of university, I had a difficult time. I was weak and had no one to turn to for help. As I struggled, I reached out to God and started to depend on Him. From then, I sought God more; I wanted to do Bible study and pray more. I joined a Catholic student group and wanted to give back to the Christian community and learn how I could support others.
One day after my classes, I went to church by myself to pray and as I was praying, I realized how foolish I was. I was selfish and did not seek Jesus. I realized how much He loves me and that He sacrificed his own life for us, the sinners. His love is powerful. I realized that I was and still am a sinner and how much I sinned. I did not depend on Him and was only thinking about my own success. I repented and surrendered myself to God. I learned that He was the ultimate goal in life and I must seek the Him. He is always there for me and was waiting for me for a long time to come to Him. This is when I became a Christian. I started to see a small change in my life and my values started to change.
Since becoming a Christian, I have studied the Bible and tried to learn more about the Gospel. I want to please Him more and grow in His Word. My goal before was to become successful and rich for my own benefit, but now my goal is towards Christ, our Lord and I want to support the Christian community. My goal is to use my business skills and reach out to non-Christians in the business world and share God’s love. It is only through Christ will they know and have life.
Joshua 1:9 says “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” I relate myself to this verse because I realized how happy and thankful I am that God is always with me. I am thankful that I know Christ and have faith in Him. I cannot imagine what life would be like if I had continued to live in my self-centred life.
The Bible says to love our neighbours; I want to love others, in and outside the community, like Jesus loves us. I will continue to grow spiritually by seeking Him more and by being obedient to His Word. I, as a Christian, must follow Jesus Christ and seek Him more to live like Him. I am excited to see where my journey goes with Christ.