I started going to church at the age of 16. Looking back at the last 4 years, I am so amazed by how God has transformed me. I grew up having a very negative outlook in life and because of that I used to worry a lot. Nevertheless, through the transforming work of Christ in my life, I am now able to experience the joy and peace that is found in God. The choice of becoming a Christian does not make life easier, but I find peace in my heart whenever I share my burdens to God and learn to be more thankful whenever I share my joy with Him. However, there were times that I lost my passion in learning to trust and depend on God.
During my final year in high school, my mentor suddenly left the church. It was a period of time where I had to endure many challenges, in particular, stress related to my studies and also the uncertainty about whether I should stay in Macau or study abroad. All these encounters were like roadblocks which separated me from God. Consequently, I ended up no longer having the eagerness to seek God and His Kingdom. I spent less time reading the Bible and skipped church service on Sundays. I felt as if God had so many people to attend to that He would not have time to care for me, so I decided to walk away from Him and tried to do everything with my own strength. However, I was wrong and rediscovered that God really cares for us!
After making the big decision to study in Australia, I felt that God was constantly knocking on the door of my heart telling me that He was waiting for me to build a closer relationship with Him once again. Adhering to the prompting that I felt, I started to pray and ask God to give me an opportunity to draw back to Him. Thankfully, after two months of praying, God answered my prayers and I was invited to Hope Church and thereafter I decided to be part of this wonderful life group, UQ4, which is a fantastic family of believers that has helped me to reignite my passion in serving and loving God.
God has done a great work in changing my attitude towards the way I treat people. I used to be really concerned of what people thought of me, and I tried so hard to please everyone as I wanted them to like me. However, God changed my selfish ambitions and asked me to love people the way He loves me. John 13:34 says, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” By following His ways, I can feel and sense the joy within my heart! These are some of the areas in my life which God has transformed, and I am looking forward to see how God will change me as I continue to walk with him.
Lastly, I would like to share a Bible verse that always reminded me to be passionate in seeking God: Mark 12:30, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” – because He is the only one who deserves all these.
Diploma in Creative Industries (QUT)
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