Nine years ago today, I made a life-changing decision 

I purposefully went to the park the other day for an afternoon run to give myself some quiet time alone while contemplating on my spiritual journey. I had to look back and recall where I’ve been. How I started in this journey – with a faith as small as a mustard seed. Back then, I didn’t know much about God nor his capability of changing my life. I had nothing to boast about then. My hands were soiled and all I got was a baggage full of trash. I got nothing to offer, just sheer desperation for someone to take my trash off of me.

God never hesitated. He swapped it with His love. This love that changed the rest of my life. He showed me a better way to live. The more I get to know Him, the more I fall in love with Him. He taught me how to live a life according to His ways – not the ways the world has taught me. I sensed a greater purpose about my own life – a life lived with meaning and selfless sacrifice. I have never felt so happy and fulfilled.

It was bliss.

But then so many trials came along the way. Storm came and pushed me from all sides and I ended up torn and broken. But I keep holding on to that still small voice in my heart reassuring me that, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

He never did. Not even once.

At times I felt I was alone in my own personal battles, but I was wrong. He already won my battles even before I got into them. I just have to completely trust him. Indeed, God is faithful. He would place people around me to help me get through each trial. And I am thankful for each one of them. 

Today, I am celebrating my 9th year as a believer and follower of Christ. It was a joyful and tough ride of my life – filled with laughters and tears, sorrow and pain, struggles and victory – but in spite of everything, I will never ever exchange this life for anything else in this world. 

I am eternally grateful for all the men and women who have stood alongside with me all throughout these years – speaking faith and life into my heart, teaching me to love the Word more, helping me to obey God and training me how to share this love I received to others. 

Life does not start at a certain milestone in our life. Life starts the moment we completely surrender our life to our Maker – the author and finisher of our faith. It will be a tough adventure, but I promise you, it’s always worth it in the end. 

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