Grace Christian Huynh
School has let out recently. It has been a successful year for my brother and me! I have finished at the top five percent of my class finishing with a 4.0 GPA score and my brother has successfully achieved an all A report card average for the whole year. Both my brother and I have worked very hard to earn these grades, but we would not have had these results if it were not for God.
“But, ‘Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (II Corinthians 10:17)
To have a good job to make money to support yourself in the future, one has to go to school to get the education and skills needed for the job. That is what I am doing now. Because my parents do not make a lot of money, I need to make exceptional grades and compete in some competitions so I can have scholarships in the future to pay for college tuition. My parents voluntarily serve God, which does not earn them a lot of money. Each month, they barely make enough money to pay the rent, but God has always taken care of us along with our fellow Christian friends who send in money to help. However, I do not worry about the money or the scholarships. I do not worry about what I need to do or how I am going to do it.
Many people do worry about everything in their life, whether it is school or family. They worry about money, work too hard and think about other material things. When they worry too much, they become distant from God. One needs to understand that we need God for all that we do. We need to keep His Word in our hearts and love Him.
“‘If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. ‘As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.‘” (John 15:7-10)
It is not wrong to want to make money because if one does not have any money, he cannot buy food or clothes. However, it is wrong to rely only on yourself for those things. God can give you what you need when you trust in Him. I am not sure what I want to do yet, but I wait for God to show me my calling; waiting for a way to where I can serve God. For now, I work on school subjects like studying or preparing for band activities or even working on the computer with graphic design. Recently, I made a cover design for my parents’ book about Revelations, about the end of the world. Anyone can use their talents and serve God at the same time. Sometimes, God wants you to do something that does not make sense to people. Maybe it is something that one does not want to do or it is not something that one enjoys doing. However, God has an ultimate plan, one that we do not understand.
“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.
‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.'” (Isaiah 55:8-9)
Nonetheless, trust in Him. What you do for Him now He will reward you in the future, whether it be on earth or in the next life. It is not your acts that get you into heaven or get you what you want from God, it is what is in your heart. God knows the heart’s desires of everyone. When you sincerely do something for God, not for yourself, He will surely give you something worth more than anything on earth.
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:3-4)
Grace Christian Huynh (15 years old)