Last semester was my final semester at QUT and it was a hectic period for me. As part of my final year coursework, I needed to complete a 48 credit point project. However, as time went by, I got frustrated because I did not know how to do my project and I could not get things done on time. I spoke with my supervisor sometime in the middle of the semester and he advised me to change the topic of my project, and I did. As I continued to work on the project, God challenged me to take up more responsibilities.

In addition to my project, I was helping with the registration of our annual year-end church conference and things were starting to get busy. At the same time, some of my friends asked if I could help them with their assignments and revision. I decided to help them as I thought I would have enough time to complete my project. However, things did not go as planned and as the due date for my project was getting nearer, I realised that I still have a lot of work to be done.

I decided to split my time by helping my friends and working on the church conference during the day, and focus on my project at night. It was really tiring and stressful. In fact, over the course of the semester I was busy with many different things, and I did not have much time to finish my project. I was really worried and kept delaying the project submission date. Thankfully my supervisor was understanding and allowed me to postpone the submission date. However, I still did not manage to complete my project and I submitted my incomplete work at the end of the semester. I was worried about my results and prayed to God. When the results were released, by God’s grace I got more than what I wanted for this project and was able to graduate at the end of last year! Furthermore, the friends that needed help with their assignments and revision also managed to pass all their units too!

Over this period of time, I have learnt to serve and help people out of my own inconvenience, because it is a way to show God’s love to other people. As the Bible says, ”If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?” (1 John 3:17). If we serve God and help those in need out of inconvenience, God will bless us. He sees the heart. Today, let us serve and help those in need. We are called to serve, not to be served.

Grace Tok 
Master of IT Graduate 
Uni-Generation QUT 3, St Lucia Afternoon Service

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