It’s been almost 1 year and 10 months since I had said yes to the call of the Lord for me to become a Full Time Missionary for Him, and I must say that at this moment of my life, I know deep in my heart that this is what God wants for me. I am where I am supposed to be. I am doing what God wants me to do. That single yes led me to a life that I have never imagined before. That single yes led me to an unimaginable change of heart and mind – a change I never thought possible to happen in my life. That single yes made me the person I am now — a person who is so deeply in love with God.
When I was younger, one of my leaders once told me that the moment I would say Yes to the call of the Lord, I would start to see things I have never seen before, hear things I have never heard before and think of things I have never thought possible before. Years back, this did not make sense to me; until I started to seriously and genuinely live my life for the Lord. Everything then became different; and all of these lines started to make perfect and beautiful sense.
During the WYC2011, God has proven all these to me once again. Every single thing about the World Youth Congress was an expression of LAKAS NG DIYOS. Thousands of youth offering themselves to the Lord. Thousands of hearts being filled with the Spirit. Thousands of lives being changed and inspired. Thousands of youth shouting and singing in praise and thanksgiving. Thousands of young people declaring their conviction to be fearless for the Lord. Thousands of youth crying their hearts out in worship. It’s not everyday that you see this. This was truly a sight to behold. This is what it means to see mountains move right before your very eyes. His presence was very real. It was all God’s strength and grace. It was truly WALANG IMPOSIBLE SA LAKAS NG DIYOS.
Personally, God spoke to me as well in so many ways, constantly reaffirming me that this is the life He wants for me; and during the whole weekend my heart was filled with so much love and gratitude for the privilege of being called to live this kind of life.
Given the chance to choose the kind of life I would want to live, I would definitely choose this life over and over again. This life is so different from what the world dictates. The future is so uncertain. The world will never completely understand. You offer your own dreams and plans. Everyday is a recommitment to the call. Questions will remain unanswered. Fears and worries do set in at times. Following the path of Christ is hard. But I always remind myself; if God is for me, then who could ever stop me? If God is with me, then what can ever stand against?
God told me,”Let’s do great things together;” and I said,“Yes”. And He really did give me the privilege to do “great things” for Him. The journey is all tough and challenging but it is all worth it, for every bit of it is a great experience and a deep encounter with Him. He truly proved to me that He can make something beautiful out of my nothingness; that He can use me to do great things for Him — things I never imagined I could do before; things that I know only God can make happen in my life. I am so in love with the Lord right now and my heart is filled with so much of His love and inspiration.
THIS MUCH WITH ONE YES. Now tell me, how can I say no to this kind of life? How can I say no to a God who loves me this much? This is the life. A life of fearlessness. A life of reckless abandon. A life of total surrender to the Lord. A life I will choose over and over and over and over again. Lord, may I continue to live out the life you want for me. Take me I am completely Yours, I’ll be fearless for You.
BUONG BUHAY, HABANG BUHAY, KAY KRISTO.
By Joy Aguila, CFCYFL Full Time Missionary