Firstly, let me introduce myself. I’m Shueh-Yi. My parents have been attending BGC a little over three years now and since I was overseas studying, I’ve been actively attending BGC for a year =). I have an older sister and a younger brother, yes I’m the middle child with no middle child syndrome =D, both of whom are working and studying overseas. I’ve just graduated from my Psychology honours degree and I thank God for providing a job for me. Just like most of you, I was brought up in a Christian family (3rd generation). I went to Sunday school and Bible study classes every week and probably thought I was a Christian from birth.
You have to agree with me that as a church, we do have quite a few camps every year. From kid’s camp to youth camp to family camp to camp retreats. I attended numerous camps with different churches when I was younger and there was always an alter call – a time when everyone quietened down to pray and make a serious decision. I didn’t really understand at that time when the speakers asked ‘Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour?’ because I always thought to myself, ‘I’ve been going to church every week and studying the Bible! Am I not a Christian? Why are these people putting their hands up?’ It wasn’t until when I was in my mid-teens that I understood what it meant to be a Christian. A speaker said something along these lines, ‘Growing up in a Christian family does not make you a Christian. It is YOUR decision to start a personal relationship with God that makes you one.’ And that was when the ‘aha’ moment stepped in. And I was baptised on my mother’s birthday, 26th September, 2004.
Being an active student, I was very active in the school’s CF and in university, the OCF in Melbourne and now in the annual Girls’ Christian Camp (7 years camper). To me, a Christ follower should never walk alone and be isolated. Mixing around and coming together for fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ every week or when we get the chance was a very valuable time. I loved sitting in a circle and listening to people share about how God has blessed them in good times and bad times. Their testimonies have always been an encouragement for me to persevere in times of hardships and trials. Of course, it is tempting to just give up and go your own way, but who said being a Christian was easy?
I have, and I’m sure most you have had too, questioned God, telling Him it’s just too hard to love a certain person, too hard to do a certain task and sometimes even asking Him the WHY questions. As I grew older, I’ve learnt to accept things as they were even when I’m upset, and that everything happens for a reason. I remind myself every day that God has a plan for me and I must trust, obey and have faith. It’s difficult, I won’t deny it, but what is easy? I’ve experienced God in different ways and He never ceases to amaze me. Trust me, God has the wow-ing effect. =) I would like to encourage you too, to pray fervently and have faith, and most importantly always believe! “Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door shall be opened to you.” (Matt 7:7)