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My Life as a Christian

Registered Date September 18, 2015 Read 2740
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My Life as a Christian
Tri Octaviani Sihombing 

Being born into a Christian family does not make me a true Christian. Since childhood I was introduced to the church and the bible through my parents. However, I found Christ when I was 18 years old.  In a revival of June 2007, I was challenged to believe and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Savior. That was the point where I became a Christian. Then I went to university, followed a Christian fellowship and began to learn about who Christ is. I spent a journey of my faith in student ministry. I think one day if God allows me, I will ‘pay my debt’ to the student ministry.  

Being a true Christian brings very significant change in my life. First of all, I learned to appreciate myself for who I was; I learned to realize that I was a very valuable creature that was created with a noble purpose even before the world began. Once I learned to value myself, I started to appreciate other people for who they are as well.  

Being a Christian also taught me to appreciate my life based on the purpose of God. I am trying to live as good as possible; to be a blessing for other people. I learned to love others even especially to those who do not have a strong relationship with me. For example, I am a good friend with those of different religions such as Islam. I learned to forgive, although I was in deep pain and sorrow. This because I always apply everything I do in my life to Colossians 3:23 which states, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters”. This is especially true to my studies. For example, when there is an opportunity to ask questions or open the book during an exam, I choose not to. This is because I remember that what God wants from me is not just a matter of achievement but of a holy life before Him. In my journey as a Christian, only the Grace of God can help me enjoy during the highs and lows of my life.  

Being a Scranton Scholar means so much to me! Every achievement I have made, including becoming a Scranton Scholar, proves that God is working in my life. I hope the experience as a Scranton Scholar will help me see what is happening in the world. I know that becoming a Scranton Scholar means having relationships with many great people who have different mindsets and do great works that will help me learn in a wider scale. In addition, I hope that by becoming a Scranton Scholar I will be able to increase my capacity to help more people around me.  

I have a vision to help the poor and marginalized within my society achieve basic human rights. I want to start by educating the young generation who have the passion and potential to work in the government in the future. This is why I feel that working in a university will be very effective for this vision. By becoming a lecturer, I hope that each of my students not only intellectual knowledge but also spiritual knowledge. Thus, in the future they can open their eyes to the injustice and fight for just and equal treatment knowing that God loves every human being the same.

 
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