Monica Yost

Who am I? What am I doing here?


Growing up, I defined myself by my father’s job as a music pastor or by my family’s dedication to the Church and God. I believed everyone expected me to be the perfect little Christian girl. I only answered questions I knew the answer to, and I never missed Church or Bible study. When I got a boyfriend, I began to define myself by my relationship. My life now shifted to become the perfect girlfriend. My focus became his well-being and happiness — no matter the cost to me.


My first semester at BGSU isolated me from my family. I was separated from the people, situations, and relationships that I used to form my identity. It seemed as though every freshman in college was going through this same process of trying to forge an identity for themselves. No one knew who anyone else was, and even scarier, at times it seemed like no one even cared. Everywhere I turned stood a different idea I could latch onto and make my identity.


Despite my struggle, I knew God told me to find my identity in Him. He created me and made me into a unique person. I finally had the push to discover who that person was made to be. My life began to open up with consistency and support for the person I was, not the person I transformed myself to be.


I searched for a self-identity all of my life and only found it when I decided to live my life for the God who created me. He gave me purpose and meaning in this world who’s beauty betrays its creator.


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.


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