Shelina Guedes shares about her informed decision to follow the Lord and to live out her life choices in the face of all that seemed sane

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you – Matthew 6:33” is my reply to people who confront me to settle for a life that fits in with the norm. Jesus says “I have come that you may have life and life in abundance – John 10:10”. So, my question is why should I settle for a mediocre life when God has called me to live a life witnessing to Him and where I find freedom and joy. This, is what motivates me to live a Christ centred life and serve Him through various ministries in the church and in the Jesus youth movement.

I encountered Christ as my personal saviour at the age of 19. Since then I have been involved in various ministries primarily in the music ministry. During my University days I was faced with the challenge that I was too young to be travelling around for ministry work especially being a girl it wasn’t considered safe. At the age of 22 I graduated, got a job providing enough and more to fuel my car thinking now I am independent, therefore I don’t need to rely on anyone to continue my ministry work. I was so wrong because now the challenge was “you are getting old? Shouldn’t you be looking for a husband and settling down in life instead of running around aimlessly every weekend”. The point I’m trying to make here is GIRLS!!!! You will never not have a challenge when you have to serve Christ. This is ongoing and is an important part of growing in a closer relationship with Christ.

There will never be a perfect age or state of life to do ministry work. Also, there is no point comparing ourselves to others as we all have our own individual journeys and God given missions that we must get on with. I recently read a book called “The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” by Robin Sharma. It says “there is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self”. Isn’t this what God desires from each one of us? For me, serving Christ through various ministries has led me into a deeper relationship with Christ and is helping me to be the best version of myself.

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Shelina lives in Peterborough, UK with her parents and is an integral part of the music ministry in UK. She did her international full-timership in Canada during 2017-18 and works as a pharmacist.