as a Christian
Fill the Gap
Words by Abigail Morgan
Take a moment to reflect and ask your- self: When was the last time I experienced
Jesus? Was it asking God moments before
an exam to give you knowledge to pass? Or
was it sitting in church on Sunday morning
after a night out that didn’t go so well
asking for forgiveness?
This morning as I got ready for school I
opened my closet full of clothes and tried on
a few things. I came to the drastic conclusion that I had nothing to wear and needed
a whole new wardrobe. Don’t you find it’s
hard to be positive at 7:00 a.m.?
As I sat on the edge of my bed and debated
throwing on sweats and running out the
door, I got a little slap in the face. There
I was sitting in my nice heated home, on
the edge of my cozy bed, staring at my
closet full of clothes, sipping on my coffee.
What do I really have to complain about?
Re-wearing my jeans from the day before?
I got an overwhelming feeling of thankfulness that morning as I sat there surrounded
by things only a third of the world is lucky
enough to have.
In 1 Timothy 6, it explains that it is not bad
to have riches but not to put your hope in
riches. You need to be rich in God, and in
that you will receive His wonderful riches.
People often worship materialistic things;
it’s just how our society works. We want the
newest clothes, the best car and the most
up to date electronics. But what we don’t
always realize is that there is a richness that
transcends all earthly things.
It’s not always just the materialistic things
that we have tendencies to worship, it
could be a relationship or a feeling that a
substance may give. But God
is the richest substance in the
It’s foolish to invest in things
we cannot take to heaven.
These things cannot give us
life. When you take your last
breath, God won’t be judging
you based on the clothes you
wore or the car you drove. I
don’t know about you, but
when my day comes, I want
my family and friends to
remember me for my love of
Jesus and people, not how I
do my hair or dress myself.
One of my favourite
Bible verses is Proverbs 31:30: “Charm
is deceptive and beauty is fleeting but a
woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”
I keep this hung up in my bathroom to use
as a daily reminder.
So to my university friends, let’s focus on
getting our degrees and not focusing on
what we are wearing while we get them. Let
us not fall into the temptation of worldly
behaviours and allow God to guide our
future plans. Let’s not worry about what our
peers may think of us – because if we only
knew how valuable we are to God, we would
stop trying to prove our worth in this world
Next time you are feeling down, lonely,
stressed or anxious, wait a moment, take a
deep breath and say a small prayer. Don’t
turn to the substance, the food, or the
hobby that you enjoy to fill the gap.
There is only one thing that can fill that gap
and it is Jesus. He wants us to look to Him
in times of trouble. He knows our thoughts,
feelings and needs. Just knock and the door
will be open.
In Revelation, it attempts to describe the
beauty of heaven. The walls and roads will
be paved in diamonds and gold,
and we will be placed at the feet of
Jesus. It seriously cannot get much
better than that because in heaven,
there’s a real gift that is so much
more valuable than anything here on
Let’s make Jesus our treasure
this month. Spread some of that
unconditional, unique love of Jesus
Christ as we reflect on all that God
has blessed us with.
Grand Bay Westfield, NB
Advice to youth/young adults? Sometimes your mom is
focus on getting
our degrees and
on what we are
we get them...”