Sean's Story

On the outside Sean had his life pretty together, but inside he still felt a void that he couldn't fill.

On the outside Sean had his life pretty together, but inside he still felt a void that he couldn't fill.

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There was always a sense of something more
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that I couldn't quite get hold of.
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My name is Sean and this is my story.
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I used to enjoy going out drinking,
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clubbing, that kind of stuff.
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But sort of on the outside
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kind of had everything pretty much together,
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so in terms of what was going on underneath,
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I had a sense of a void,
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a bigger, I guess a bigger purpose and reality,
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but couldn't quite put my finger on it.
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I did go to church when I was a young boy,
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but it didn't really register to me
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how it was relevant in my life.
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For one reason or another,
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I ended up with an offer to go to Hong Kong with my work.
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And it was really out there I think,
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when I was away from my family,
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I started to become aware of things a bit more
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and it all came to a head
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where I had my auntie and uncle come to visit me.
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I was showing 'em how great my life was,
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introduced them to my friends,
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showing them the sort of night scene,
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all that kind of stuff.
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So I showed my auntie and uncle all this stuff,
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and so they're very strong Christians.
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And on the very last day
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they said to me,
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"We've seen your life here, Sean,
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"and we think it's great on the outside,
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"but we get the sense that you're looking for something
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"and you haven't found it and we've been praying for you."
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But what they said really rang true and they left.
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And it really just gave me a moment of kind of reflection.
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I think the day after I went to church.
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I didn't know really where it would lead.
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But they advertised a Christianity
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Explored course and I signed up.
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And I got plugged into a small group.
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That was really vital because I think
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otherwise church was just a Sunday thing,
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but this was actually seeing people,
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actually looking through the Bible,
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working out how it affected them.
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And I was like, oh, this is really interesting,
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actually people trying to put this into practise.
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There are things that I've done that I regret.
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So, knowing that in God you're forgiven,
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in Christ, is really fundamental.
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I think that's what made Christianity
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really real for me actually was because
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like I said, I didn't know who God was,
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but then this sense of needing forgiveness,
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it all suddenly started to make sense.
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When you realise that there's somebody who,
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God himself, who takes that on Himself
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and brings you into a new relationship
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and gives you a new sense of hope,
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that it's okay that we do mess up,
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but actually He's a solution.
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It's not about me, it's not about my past,
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it's about my future.