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Something Was Missing

If you had asked me two months ago to tell you about God I would have said that He’s this big guy up in heaven that only does things on Earth when He feels like it. I was told my whole life that He loved me, but I didn’t fully know what that meant, nor did I put in too much effort to try to figure it out. Going to Mass was basically routine for me. I prayed occasionally, but I didn’t allow God complete access into my life. Why should I? I probably wasn’t even worthy of His love, anyways. When I entered university, I thought I had my future set. I had big plans to become a psychologist and was confident that I had made the right decisions. However, from the first semester, I knew there was something missing. I was constantly tired and frustrated and simply didn’t see the meaning of life. One day, a CCO staff member shared the “Ultimate Relationship” booklet with me. This booklet teaches the Gospel message in four points: First, that we are created for a relationship with God. Second, we broke that relationship through our sin and caused a huge separation between us and God. Third, Jesus’ death and resurrection bridged that separation caused by our sin. And now, we can choose to accept or reject our restored relationship with God. The booklet also shared Jeremiah 29.11: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for woe, plans to give you a future full of hope”. Until then, I had never thought that one could be in an intimate, personal relationship with God. But after I heard this, I felt a desire to place Christ at the centre of my life and surrender everything to Him. So I did, and I felt a huge sense of relief. I am assured that I no longer have to worry about anything, as God would take care of me. Having surrendered my life to God, I experienced a feeling of inner-peace and joy that words can’t express. Suddenly, Mass and prayer turned from an obligation to the highlight of my day. Christ has been transforming me: I find meaning and purpose in life. A few days later, I learned from a CCO staff member that as Catholics we are all called to share our faith with others. Now, I’m a very shy person and I wasn’t sure how I could get the courage to do so. But, I prayed and asked the Lord to show me a way.   He spoke to me through Isaiah 61:1 which says, “The Sovereign Lord has filled me with his spirit. He has chosen me and sent me to bring good news to the poor and heal the broken hearted.” Clearly, God would give me the strength to bring others to Him, since He has chosen me to do so. Now, I’m excited to share with others this love of Christ that I’ve been blessed to experience so abundantly. If you haven’t said “yes” to Christ, I invite you to place Him at the centre of your life. If you do, I guarantee you will experience this same lasting joy and peace. And I also encourage you to share this with others, so that they may also experience His love. At the time of writing this, Judith was a first year psychology student at Simon Fraser University.

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