Freddie Ellis – July 3rd

Three weeks ago my twin sister was baptized at St Aldate’s Church in Oxford where she is doing a worship internship for her gap year. It was a wonderful day as she proclaimed her belief and publicly confirmed her faith in Jesus.

I mention this moment because on that day I learnt a big lesson, one I never really encountered before and it was right in front of me for my whole life. As each candidate stood at the front of the stage to give their testimony I noticed they spoke about moments of joy and achievement and moments of despair and struggle in their life.

My sister shared a story which I was oblivious to for most of my childhood. As tears ran down my face she shared how she had struggled with anxiety, friendships and self-worth. This made me cry but it also made me think of this vast issue in today’s society. No matter how much we think somebody might look okay and have a smile on their face, under the surface it might just be a completely different story.

This all reminded me of Ephesians 4 verses 1-3 where it says; “As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received: with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

walk your callingThe day of my sister’s baptism was a strong reminder for me to remember to love one another and be kind to those who need it.

As I conclude I urge you all to be patient with one another because, although it may look good on the outside, underneath could be many struggles and battles which we are all unaware off.

God bless.