Hi I’m Lizzie, and I am a senior music education major at BGSU. Throughout my entire life, I have chased perfectionism in order to try to fill my need for fulfillment/happiness. Whether put on me by my family, society around me, or even myself, I have always felt the weight of rules I must follow and expectations I must surpass in order to truly live a good life. The way these desires and burdens in my life manifested itself changed throughout different stages of life, such as painstakingly striving for perfect grades, overworking myself within numerous leadership positions, seeking approval from an abusive boyfriend, or obsessively working out to a dangerously low weight, however they all pointed to the bigger picture that I was searching for life in what I could do to become “perfect.”
As I entered college, I decided I wanted to become involved in Cru, a Christian student organization on BG’s campus. As I got to know the people there, I saw something drastically different in how they lived versus how I lived. They seemed so free. Free from the expectations people put on them. Free from the anxieties of this world. Free from the lies society forced on them. And I wanted that freedom. Badly. God used the mentors in Cru around me to help me realize I could have that freedom by trusting the Lord with all of my anxieties and accepting the free gift of eternal life with Him without having to do anything to work for it. With His unconditional love, the Lord is continuing to remind me to this day how He has taken all of my burdens to become perfect or live up to people’s expectations and how I can live freely and joyfully in my messy, not-perfect life.
Just like you heard a story of a life changed by Jesus, This could be your story too and it begins by inviting Jesus Christ into your life by faith. The greatest story happened two thousand years ago when God sent his son Jesus Christ to live a perfect life, and to die as a perfect sacrifice for our sins. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). This righteousness of God is given “through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3:22) so that we can have a personal relationship with God both now and after we die in heaven.
Your story could change in a moment. The Bible says “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). This could be your story. You can receive Jesus Christ right now by faith. Romans 10:9 says “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” You can invite Jesus into your life right now by praying this prayer.