For those who are always on social media, you’d know that it is always filled with people saying how bad their 2016 was. Well, it was a year where hate, corruption and loss took place; people were definitely frustrated and angry. For me, however, it was a year which was in God’s hands.
In mid-April 2016, I was invited by my cousin to participate at another church’s campus conference. As a young person, I felt right at home at the conference as it was filled with local and international campus students with a pure heart for God. During one of the worship sessions, I told myself, “Okay, I’m switching churches”.
Right at that moment, I heard God say these words loud and clear:
“Matthew, I know that you want to come and join this church. But I’m telling you, stay in DUMC, for I am going to use you to do something great.”
I was so shocked when I heard that and did not know what or how to even respond to that. In that moment, the pastor got on stage and said, “If God has told you to do something, but you don’t know what to do right now, I’ll tell you this: Surrender to God.” And so I did. It was there and then my life began to change.
At the end of May 2016, I began to binge watch old Disney movies and short films. As I was watching High School Musical I wondered, why don’t I join a musical? I used to do that during my Children’s Church and school years, so why not relive those moments again? I began to search online for auditions for musicals and found one. I sent my details to the producer, and they called me in for an audition. Long story short, I did not manage to get a part, and I was a little upset.
However, I felt that God was actually gearing me up,
Since then, everything began to go uphill. I was given the role of one of the main characters, I began to serve actively in church and in my CG, and my studies was slowly but surely improving. Rehearsals for the production began in July and got more frequent as the date drew nearer. This also prompted me to be more responsible in dealing with my studies, rehearsals and other plans. It was tiring, but I thank God for giving me the strength to push through.
During the last few rehearsals, however, I was sitting for my finals. As this exam would ensure my completion in my Foundation
My heart and mind
I praise and thank God for not just giving me the opportunity to be performing onstage, but also for using me to share His gospel
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