Meet Chris, 3rd Year, History, Mary’s college.
I would describe myself as a Jack of all trades, master of none.
There are so many things I associate with being human. Trying, failing and trying again is all part of it, as well as being honest and not pretending everything’s fine when it’s not. We have so many amazing and complicated emotions that allows deep connection with other people. We don’t have to do life alone, we can share the ups and downs, the joys and the sadness with each other. But I think the biggest joy comes from knowing who I am and becoming who I was created to be.
My relationship with Jesus is of primary importance in my life. I grew up with parents who have a real and authentic relationship with God and talk to him about everything and anything, so it wasn’t just ‘religion’ that was just kept on a shelf for Sundays. Despite being brought up in a Christian home, I’m not just a Christian through my parents.
In my late teens and on my gap year, I really processed a lot for myself and came to the conclusion that it’s true. I don’t have all the answers by any means, but God can definitely stand up to hard questioning. I’ve seen so many answers to prayer too, that go way beyond coincidence.
Life is so often a struggle. I battled dyslexia and at aged 10 I still couldn’t read properly. My parents prayed about it consistently through my childhood and I know this played a big part in me ending up studying History at Durham.
I’ve played many different sports, including rowing at a high level, and have several achievements which I take great pride in. A story that really impacted me though, is that of Jonny Wilkinson - who said, after his 2003 World Cup winning drop goal, that that evening, despite reaching the pinnacle of his sport, he had never been as low in his whole life.
To me this is such an extreme example of how achievements in life don’t bring a permanent satisfaction. I feel incredibly privileged that through my relationship with Jesus I have discovered a lasting satisfaction that transcends every high and low in life I will ever go through.
Contrary to a lot of people’s assumptions, this doesn’t mean I have it all together, or that life is easy. There are areas in my life which I know are broken and I’m not proud of, but he embraces all of me - not just the good bits - and loves all of me, and nothing I can do will ever change this. I have the confidence there’s a Father in heaven who still loves me and even takes great delight in me as a son. That’s totally liberating and gives me a security I couldn’t find anywhere else.
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