Second Chances

September is almost at the end and I just had my 18th birthday of my 2nd life last September 25. My mind is buzzing with so many thoughts. It’s similar to a superhighway and they give me a nostalgic feeling. All I can think about right now is how grateful I am to be alive despite of the pandemic and all the negativity that is happening. It’s a marvel that I’m still breathing right now.

My friends are perplexed as to why I celebrated another birthday. For me, September 25, 2003, the day my life turned 180 degrees, is a day worth celebrating. I felt it was the end of the road for me when I entered the surgery room; but God gave me another chance at life. What happened that day is still vivid in my mind. That day, I observed God’s healing power, and I learned that nothing is impossible when you have faith.

I turned 40 last month, and I am so thankful to be surrounded by my family. What more can I ask for? I understand now why I am still alive. I have to experience life’s challenges and trials. I have to make a lot of mistakes and learn from them and my mission is to spread positivity and be contagious to God’s goodness.

I started serving Him when I was 17 years old. I assumed it would be simple now that I’m an adult. That’s why I chose to return to serving the church as a means of giving all the glory back to Him. I encountered a lot of judgements along the way, I wanted to give up but that didn’t stop me from serving Him. I committed a lot of mistakes but God assured me that those mistakes don’t define who I am. He allowed me to stumble many times to teach me how to get up and continue my journey as His servant. I still have a long way to go till I reach my final destination. I do not know what lies ahead with my life but I am confident that God will always be by my side.

Let us not be afraid to make mistakes. We must always have the courage to get up and start over. Life’s lessons are priceless. It’s painful at first, but it’s totally well worth it in the end. Bittersweet? Yes, absolutely! Life is better when we learn to embrace our flaws because none of us are perfect. When you are anguish, remember that this, too, shall pass.

Edited by: Jennifer Nuya