Popularity In Jesus

Coming from a family of strong beliefs in faith and traditions I was taught to be the best I could be in everything I did. Even though I didn’t excel much in studies everything else I strived to be at the top. Whether it be in dancing, my outgoing behavior, being the responsible child at home, having plenty of friends, etc… I always wanted to be the girl that everyone else wanted to be. The more praises and compliments I received the greater I thought I was, leading me to live for people’s appreciation. Pleasing people, as I consider now, became one of my hobbies. I was willing to go to any extent to be noticed which took me far away from my innocence and led me to the greatest of sins. At the height of my adventure in seeking acceptance and love of this world, I was led on a detour where I realized there was someone that had been waiting to be accepted into my heart. It was during the Dallas Abishegakni convention in 2013 when I experienced true love and acceptance by the One who mattered the most. Isaiah 43:1 says “I have called you by name and you are mine.” The thing that really transformed my heart was that His acceptance and love came at no price, whereas the world needed my talents and my skills to be able to accept me. Jesus just wanted me as I was, a sinner. His sacrifice and love made me realize “I don’t need my name in lights, I’m famous in my Father’s eyes. Make no mistake, He knows my name.” (Francesca Battistelli) Just like the father welcomed His prodigal Son, Jesus welcomed me in all my brokenness. After coming to Christ, life wasn’t perfect it had and still has its ups and downs but even through all this the difference is, I know I’m not alone on this spiritual journey. Whenever I fall I know there I can always rely on Jesus to pick me back up and even if no one in this world accepts me, I know my Father in Heaven will! By His immense mercy, I am able to find myself always seeking His love every day, through Holy Mass, prayer, adoration, confession and all the sacraments. Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.” I have clearly seen the difference in my priorities from when I was without Christ to now. When you open the doors of your heart to Jesus and let Him work, He’ll take you to heights that you will never experience being in the world. I pray that all of you may take a step towards Christ and allow Him to work in you because, no joke, He WILL surprise you for the better. God bless! Be Holy! Be on Fire!