Thursday, January 5, 2006

I'm 2 years old now!

Yes, its now official.

I was born again two years ago, on January 4th, 2004. I have officially graduated from being a baby christian :P

A huge lot happened since then, and even more since I started studying the Bible (something in the fall of 2002). I couldn't regret the blessings and the maturity.

And, since this is so close to the new year, I had the chance to reflect on the blessings of last year. I hope this testimony brings some sunshine in your day!

It was the end of my time in Europe. I finished it with a tough semester at school, having a teammate drop the course, struggling in another... a challenge!
It was also when I came back from there, changed. And more changes came, as God was faithfully working on me.
There was a lot of academic success, finishing my degree with distinction, starting the Master's, getting a bursary, etc.
But, on the more important things...
A year of firsts:
- First "official" discipling time happened
- First time I would lead a Bible talk
- First time I delivered a message, not just a communion message (it was at a devotional)
- First time I lead a Bible study
A year of love and serving:
- Strenghtened and deepened friendships
- Started serving at the church's book table
- Did some organization for the campus ministry
A year of knowledge
- Deepened my understanding of the Bible
- Learnt and memorized important passages to explain and defend faith
- Read on apologetics, other religions and beliefs
A year of growth (last but not least!)
- I learnt that I could not live my life as a productivity machine, that I needed some balance
- Started to make my life more balanced
- Been consistently exercising
- Maturity of character
The very last point is really the grandest of it all. You need to be close to me to know how much really happened, and all the pain I had to go through for that.
To God be the glory!
In short, the promises of God really did happen!
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified." (Romans 8:28-30)

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