written by Leiana Barreyro
“You’re just not good enough.” These words, though not often explicitly spoken aloud, can frequently wander through our thoughts and seem to become true the longer they are there. We often try to compensate for these feelings of inadequacies through finding affirmation from others or seeking after temporary joys to distract ourselves. Romans 8:16-17 reminds us that, as Christians, we have been adopted into the family of God, we have become children of light and more wonderfully, we are now co-heirs with Christ. Yet our mind still chooses to compare ourselves to standards that are set around us and convinces us that we are still not good enough. What can we do when these superficial comparisons come up? What do we do when being “not good enough” overrules our thoughts?
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Patrick is a second year History major who wishes to pursue a career in dentistry. Outside of class, he enjoys playing mobile games and watching anime/Korean-dramas.
Although I called myself a Christian, I wasn’t much of one when I was younger. On the outside, I seemed like the good kid: I went to church every Sunday, I worked hard in school to get good grades, and I was nice to the people around me. But on the inside, I remember that these were the days when my world was consumed by two things: myself and myself relative to other people. For the former, it was a question of self-worth that was only further emphasized by how the world had defined success. As for the latter, it was most visible at home—arguing with parents over my sister. Nothing frustrated me more than having her get the upper hand. My troubles usually involved those two problems together in a series of steps. 1. Get in a conflict with my sister. 2. Get in a larger conflict with parents over the said issue. 3. Complained that my parents didn’t love me at all and mope about the reasons for my existence. This involved questions like, “God, I don’t think I’m good enough, I need to be good so that my parents like me more, so that I can enjoy the good things life has to offer.” 4. Get lost in some other reality like video games and movies 5. Repeat. And although, this entire process wasn’t obvious to anyone else except my parents since everyone thought it was a “good kid”, the cycle consumed much of my ambition until the end of middle school. Continue reading “Testimony of the Week: Patrick Yu”
Estelle is a second year, pre human biology major. She loves deep conversations and traveling. She is down to try new things…except chocolate!
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)
God’s master plan of salvation is unfathomable. How amazing it is that I, undeserving of God’s grace, can be part of it. His plan can be traced long before I was born (Jeremiah 1:5). He first saved my parents who are both first generation Christians, growing up in traditional Taiwanese households that solely practiced ancestor and idol worship. Although in face of trials from family members and the hostile environment in Taiwan, where the Christian population is less than five percent, my parents persisted in their walk of faith. Their faithfulness allowed me to grow up with Christian values and Biblical truth. Because it is only by God’s grace that I can be saved, I bear marks of God’s grace manifested in different stages in my life. These marks of grace strengthen my faith, fix my eyes on Christ, and sustain me through this journey of grace.
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Josephine is a fourth year psychology major who wants to seek a career in occupational therapy. During her free time, you can find her jamming out on her ukulele, seizing every opportunity to make a lame pun, and eating every kind of dessert!
Growing up, my brother was quite rebellious, he often got suspended from school and ran away from home. As a result, my parents constantly kept a close eye on him because they were worried about the mischievous behavior he would get himself into. My brother’s deviance left my mother feeling hopeless, resulting in a depression that lasted for about thirteen years during my childhood. I was aware of the difficulty my parents were going through, so I did my best to be the face of my family. I obeyed everything asked of me and tried to be as easy to take care of as possible. However, though it seemed I was an ideal daughter on the outside, I constantly held pity parties for myself and played the victim card on my situation. What did I do to deserve him as my brother? Why does my mom have a chronic mental illness preventing her from functioning like a normal human being? Why is my family so broken? These were the types of questions that filled my thoughts, leaving me and my heart blinded and ungrateful.
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written by Leah Cheng
If you asked, “What is one thing you feel very convicted about?” I would say that it’s the importance of the family unit.
Scripture clearly states God’s original design for humankind in the covenant of marriage (Gen 2:24) and the roles of men and women (Eph 5:22-33; 1 Peter 3:1-7). God has certainly gifted some individuals to remain single or has ordained some women to marry, but unable to bear children. However, the principle of Titus 2 is just as important. Why? Because husband, wife, marriage, family, etc. is a beautiful witness to the story of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His church-bride. Ultimately, it’s not about you. It’s about God and giving God the utmost glory, honor and worship in the world we live in today.
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Bethany is a second year psychology major, who gets overly excited about food, loves being crafty (in terms of DIY projects, not being sneaky) and enjoys speaking fondly of her days working at Jamba Juice.
By the grace of God I was raised in a Christian home. I am extremely thankful for this, as from the beginning, my life was characterized by running away from God. I learned about the Gospel in Sunday school, but the only thing that stuck out to me and continued to haunt me was my sin that could only be punished by hell. I distinctly remember so many of my nights as a kid, praying over and over asking for God to forgive my sins and not send me to hell. So while I understood the depth of my sin, that God is a God of forgiveness and Jesus died to save me from my sins, I failed to understand true grace, and that it is by grace alone that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8). As a result, I attempted to accept Christ multiple times as a kid, each time worrying that Christ’s sacrifice was not enough to save me. Two times occurred at my church’s VBS (Vacation Bible School) when I was about 3 and 4 years old, and the final time was with my mom, when I was 6. During the final time, I had accepted Christ as Savior, understanding that Jesus’ death on the cross was enough to atone for all of my sins and that when God looks upon me, He sees Christ in my place.
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written by Matthew Kim
“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” – James 4:14
This passage does not ask, “What is life,” but rather “what is your life?” If someone asked you this question, how would you respond?
There are many different ways you can respond. You could say your life is all about getting good grades, investing into different social organizations/frats at UCLA, evangelizing, or even hanging out with people and “fellowshipping.” But in the end, what is your answer?
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