I was born and raised in Winnipeg but my parents are Chinese refugees from Vietnam.
When they immigrated to Canada, they didn’t have formal education and didn’t speak English, but they worked hard to support themselves and their growing family.
Making money was life
As a kid growing up, I remember most of my parent’s problems were related to money.
Experiencing life in a low income family, I would always imagine myself making a lot of money. I thought this would make my family happy for sure.
Making money was the way I thought and lived.
Having this very shallow and materialistic view, I didn’t think much about life’s deeper purpose. I was satisfied. All I wanted was to make money, marry a beautiful woman, and make my family happy.
My perspective changed when I started University.
The beginning of disillusion
It was there that I met Sasha, a student involved with Power to Change. We attended a couple of classes together and took the same bus to school.
Even at this point in my life, I was starting to become disillusioned with my shallow and materialistic life. I wanted something deeper but didn’t know what I was looking for.
On the bus ride to and from school, Sasha and I would always have deep conversations about life. In the midst of these conversations he introduced me to Christianity.
I was interested in learning more.
During the summer I decided to check out a church close by my house. Although I went for a few months, I stopped going when school started to pick up in the fall. Thankfully I went to some Power to Change events at school. When I saw their excitement for sharing the gospel I became curious.
Why were they so excited to share the gospel on campus? It didn’t make any sense to me.
Seeing their love made me rethink my assumptions
Later in December, Sasha invited me to attend a conference with Power to Change called P2C PLUS. Travelling to Calgary in a bus full of Christians was very interesting.
I heard a lot.
I thought a lot.
I have always been a person who wants to figure out how things work. But in times past I thought the debate about God’s existence seemed pointless.
Something I witnessed at the conference made me rethink this assumption.
I saw that people there really showed love to each other. This was something new to me. It peaked my interest in Christianity further.
Then I asked myself, “Why not accept Christ just to see what would happen?”
At the conference they gave an opportunity for me to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour. I took that opportunity and documented it on paper. I agreed that I would accept Jesus into my life and I would be all in.
A few months have passed, and I’ve transitioned from student to graduate. I’ve been busy job hunting and volunteering.This has not kept me from prioritizing a Bible study to learn more about Christianity and develop my faith.
At times I have really felt like Jesus was in control of my life. During these times, I really feel at peace knowing that he has a plan for me.
Jesus in the driver’s seat
But I can’t say that I always allow him in the driver’s seat. Especially in this new life transition, I find myself trying to steer and control my life more than I should.
I have always been someone who wants to achieve things by myself. I am someone who is very private, and believes that I can achieve anything by myself.
But I now feel like these beliefs are a barrier for me. They prevent me from letting Jesus take the driver’s seat in my life.
So this is where I am at now in my journey. Although it feels like it’s going to be a long journey, I hope that one day I will be able to live with more peace sitting in the passenger seat. I trust Jesus to guide me to a meaningful, Spirit-filled life.
Finally, I would like thank my friend Sasha and Power to Change. They have challenged me to think and helped me to explore the Bible. Most importantly they helped me discover Jesus, and grow my faith in him.