By God’s grace I was born into a Christian family, so I have been attending LPPC since I was a baby. As such, I went through Sunday School, and my knowledge of God and the Bible was quite strong from a young age. I was what some people would call a “model student” – I attended church willingly every Sunday except when I was sick or overseas, I did all the actions during the songs, and I could tell you all sorts of Bible trivia. But deep down in my heart, I really didn’t know the God I was worshipping very much. I knew about Him, but I didn’t know Him personally. I knew He loved me, but I couldn’t say that I loved Him back. And so I became proud, impatient and self-centred without knowing it myself.
Then I entered secondary school. My school has a compulsory Uniformed Groups policy, so I joined the Boys’ Brigade, mostly because my brother was in it when he was in school. As we were newly-minted recruits, a senior cohort was assigned to us to teach us and help us grow. This group of seniors turned out to be some of the most loving and selfless people I know, and I couldn’t help but wonder – what makes these people so willing to sacrifice so much of themselves for me? And then it clicked. These people have personally experienced the love of God when He sent Christ to die and take the punishment for our sins, and they were so filled with this love that it overflowed onto me. And I wanted to experience this for myself. One night at a camp, after a particularly moving session of Christian Education, I said a variation of the sinners’ prayer. But unlike the countless numbers of sinners’ prayers I said before, I meant what I prayed with all my heart, all my mind and all my soul. I truly became a Christian.
From that night on, I started seeking God for myself, reading the Bible and praying more often, and for longer periods of time. I have become less self-centred, looking out for others more than myself. A few friends from church and I have started a support group, where we share our lives with each other and pray for each other. I’m also more involved in the Christian Education side of the BB, and have recently joined their music team. My Christian walk is still not easy, and I constantly struggle with my pride. Philippians 2:3-4 says “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others”, and it’s not easy to live out this verse. Do keep praying for me to grow more and more Christ-like and to increase my love and knowledge of God.
Having been in LP all my life, I like it because many people in church know me and have watched me grow up or grown up with me, so church feels like one very big family. I’ve received a lot of love from the church members, oftentimes in the form of food, but also through the conversations we have with each other. I hope as LP grows bigger, we will still maintain this love we have for each other and extend it to the newer members of the church.