Hello and welcome to episode two of Journey to Eden. I’m your host, Jola Sotubo. Today, I’ll be talking about the first thing you need to do to begin your journey to a fulfilled life. But first let me tell you a personal story.
I started suffering from depression when I was 13 years old. I had a very quick education and by that time I was already a senior in secondary school. That year nobody remembered my birthday. It was so bad that I had to eat the cake I bought all by myself. I don’t need to tell you how bad it is to have cake and nobody to eat it with.
Depression is sneaky
The strange thing about depression is that it creeps up on you. It starts as this little thing and then before you know it, you believe your life doesn’t matter and you should just end it all. The worst part is that I had no one to talk to about this. If I had told my Nigerian mother or any other family member about it, they’d probably have just told me to cheer up.
The older I grew, the worse it became and sometimes I spent entire weekends crying because my life felt so hopeless. But then one day, my cousin invited me to church and slowly but surely, my life began to change. I have come to realize that life gets hard when you don’t have a higher reason to live. It cannot be all about you. You must have a higher purpose, a reason for being. This is what I call the higher calling.
Connecting to your higher calling is the first step you need to take on your journey to Eden. I became free from mental torture when I found my place in God’s plan. Without him, I was lost, afloat, flailing in the wind. Before meeting him, I based my value on my achievements and the opinions of those around me. That is a terrible way to live because by this measurement, you will always fall short. This way of life was a prison, and only God could set me free, and he did.
Perfect love ever true
My life isn’t perfect, far from it. But I rest in the knowledge that I am perfectly loved. Sometimes when I sing worship songs, I feel God’s love wrap around me on the outside like a cosy blanket and warm me up on the insides like a cup of hot chocolate. His love is better than life itself, and it is utter and absolute bliss. There is nothing like it on the face of the earth. No other high can compare, none.
God created you and I to fit into his master puzzle for the world. He knows exactly where you’re supposed to fit. If you really want to start your journey to Eden, you need to accept this higher calling. There’s so much more to you than meets the eye. You have such a great life ahead of you, but only the one who created you can show you the way. Reach out to him today.