A memory I don't think I'll ever forget was being on a FaceTime call with my grandma in China, who's almost 90 years old now. Her crying to me, screaming to me in Chinese, "相信上帝, 相信, believe in God." That threw me off because I never talked about God before. It was like the Holy Spirit working through her to tell me to live a righteous path, and I'll never forget that.
My grandpa was deeply traumatized from being enslaved by the CCP for six years, but my grandma has been a rock. Dealing with so much hardship, including taking care of my PTSD-inflicted grandpa and caring for a dependent daughter for over 60 years, she's maintained a clear mind and peaceful heart because of her faith. That was one of the most important signs for me that I had ever experienced.
My life is nowhere near as challenging as my grandparents' or my parents' lives. They worked incredibly hard, and they didn't have a choice in many matters. I, on the other hand, have a choice. Part of why life seems hard is that choice. I have the opportunity to choose what I can do with my life, to follow certain truths and duties.
I am aware that I don't have to choose to be an obedient servant, but I have the opportunity to do so. Reflecting on my family's history and the strong faith and resilience they've shown, I recognize the importance of choosing a path that aligns with my beliefs and values.
So I'm going to be an obedient servant. That's what I'm going to choose. My grandparents and parents didn't have much of a choice in their lives, but I have that privilege. I'm moved by the Holy Spirit, and I will honor the lessons and strength that my family has imparted to me. Their struggles, faith, and love guide my choices, and I will strive to live a righteous path, conscious of the influence I can exert to change the world.