During my “One2One” session (the time when I started my Christian walk), I had an encounter with one of our Campus Missionary. He gave a scenario about a claim stub; a single stub that signified a position or an identity. There’s an item that comes with that claim stub. And no matter how long you wait to that line, you will get that item because you have the right; you have the claim stub. Almost two years after that story, that principle still hits that man until he ordained as a “Certified Pastor”. What a promise!
Another one is one of our Music Ministry Coordinator. He shared his story about his early days as a musician. That he will consistently play his guitar to one of his gigs for 8 hours straight. Not only that, he sometimes starves himself (forget to eat during rehearsal time) and works hard to study different genres for his composition. This passion paid off when he became a part of a well-known band until he changes his course into full-time ministry.
Two different people, one set of direction: TO FINISH STRONG!
They might have something to achieve more but because they know what path they want to go on and who is their Power Source, all the pain, the efforts, and sacrifices are taking them over to their destination.
As I look back on my previous years till now, I realized that I’m not in my highest peak of my season. But I believe that very, very soon, I WILL get there. Growing up when I was in my school days, I used to think that as long as I’m pleasing them and making things right; things will be ok in my path. But because of many stupid decisions with lack accountability, my growth and maturity are getting slower and slower every time. I got depressed, hungry and led astray by those consequences. But when I met the Lord through a community engagement and I had an encounter with Him last February 16, 2016, all things had changed, for the better. I received mercy, forgiveness and new life that I thought I never had. I once was lost, but now I’m found. Yes, the love of Jesus Christ changed my life, but I must not stay that way. I NEED TO THRIVE!
Being a Christian for 2 years, I learned so much of me that needs to correct, need to let go and need to change. Growing in maturity is such a battle especially if the process is gradual. I need to be patient and persistent at all times even in times of trouble. But one thing I learned from it, is that maturity is not just a process, it’s a lifetime journey! And without Christ in the middle, all of it will lose its essence and direction. And so it goes, I need to trust God that whatever he’s doing in my life, I have to obey with diligence and sincerity.
As I turned 25, I believe God still wants me to go the extra mile. He wants me to explore, discover and learn TONS OF THINGS about Him, His will, and His creation. I may not have the perfect background, but I have a PERFECT GOD who can turn things around for me and lead me to the way everlasting. Looking back from who I am and what I did for the past few years, I knew that I don’t have anything awesome to show. But life is not about having a perfect resume nor winning worthless pursuits. It’s about pursuing a heart that’s obedient, humble and submissive to His sovereign grace. Besides, without God by my side, my works are nothing but filthy rags. Yes, there’s a lot of things to work on, but I know that I can be at peace and confident. I can stand still because His love is true and His promises are sure, right down to its very core!
As I press on and move forward to what lies ahead, one thing I ask the Lord is this:
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
-Psalm 27:4 ESV
For this season, there’s a lot of growing and pruning that needs to do. The road may be hard and narrow, but as long as I’m under His wing and surely as the sun still rises,
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever
– Psalm 138:8 ESV
I believe and abide that He will finish what He started in me and I’ll be standing firm, knowing that as I wait for His finish work in me, I’ll get into His good, perfect and pleasing will completely. Soon and very soon!