Hello, my name is Bach. I was born in Vietnam and grew up in a family with Buddhist influences. I occasionally went to the temples and prayed for our health and prosperity. It's just part of our culture and traditions.
In 2008, I was at the peak of my success as a student, coming to Australia on a university scholarship. The victorious feelings, however, didn't last long. What's next thing to strive for? Where am I going next in life?
As a wanderer in the desert, I tried to look for something to satisfy myself. I tried to fit in and gain acceptance from other people at university and work places; only to find myself not cool enough and emptier. I involved in sports, bands, charity work, volunteer work, relationships ... yet none brought me the fulfilment. I ended up becoming an introvert, always anxious and fearful about many things.
The turning point for me was when I received a pamphlet about Jesus. It said that God loves me, that He wants to have a friendship with me, and more than that He can give me the eternal life in heaven. I was really desperate to know who this God is and if I could be sure of where I would be after death, anything else in life wouldn't matter so much. On that day, I asked Him to forgive me and invited Him into my life by faith.
I started to be talk to Jesus about many things, what I was going through and what I was planning to do. I started to read the Bible, and through it, I feel God truly cares about me, listens to me and guides me.
Jesus says that whoever builds his life upon Him will find rest, peace and joy and his life will be secure during hardships, just as the house in the storm.
I like the story about the 2 men building their houses. One builds his house on a solid ground of rocks, while the other one builds his house on the sand. When the storm comes, the house which was built on sand is destroyed by the flood while the other house stands firm, because it was built on solid foundation (Matthew 27:24-27). Jesus says that whoever builds his life upon Him will find rest, peace and joy and his life will be secure during hardships, just as the house in the storm.
Since knowing Jesus, I have overcome anxiety and introversion. Jesus becomes a friend who I can trust and talk to. He brings comfort and peace when I am down. Jesus guides me in study, at work and in relationships. For the first time of my life, I don't have to pretend to be someone else or try to be cool, to fit in and be accepted by others. Jesus accepts me as who I am, He looks at me not with anger nor discrimination, but with the love and confidence that I can become the person He wants me to be. For the first time in my life, I am truly happy; and that joy is still alive in me.
My prayer for each of you is that you too will come to know Jesus and find the purpose of life that Jesus has for you. May God bless you!