Someone asked me the other day, “What makes you happy?” If perhaps, I was asked this question nine years ago, I would have answered, “To be successful in what I do and have loads of money in my bank account.” However, something beautiful happened to me in 2007 that changed the course of the rest of my life.
I came to know Jesus.
Not the Jesus who were taught to me when I was a little girl – who was just another character in the bible stories nor the Jesus who were like a genie in a bottle just waiting to grant our three wishes. No, not that Jesus. But Jesus who is so real. A man who actually walked the face of this planet to die for my sins because I was such a fool and a big mess who can’t even make things right in my life. A God who knows my past, present and future, yet does not condemn me for all my mistakes, but accepts and welcomes me like a long lost bride because He loves me and wants me to be with Him in heaven forever.
I was swept off my feet.
I remember how that love changed my heart from the inside. I remember how loving and worshipping Him became so natural. Now, it is no longer a religion but a relationship that grows more each day as I begin to spend more time with Him.
He became my everything. Everything I do is about pleasing Him and making Him smile. I never ever want to be apart from Him. In return, He gave me everything – more than I could ever ask for or even imagine. He opened my eyes and gave me a brand new perspective in living – a life with purpose and meaning. And more than anything, He gave me peace that surpasses all knowledge and understanding – something this world can never ever give.
So, if you were gonna ask me now, “what brings me joy?” My answer would only be to share the love of Jesus to others, to see their lives be transformed because of that love and to see these people grow and share the same love to their friends and family. Whenever I see this happens, I am most happy and fulfilled. I knew I have served my purpose here on earth. My God is pleased and He is glorified in my life.
As John Piper puts it, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”