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My name is Gillian, and I crave acceptance.
In high school, I always wanted to be liked. I went out of my way to get good grades, bake treats for the class and win approval.
I wanted people:
to appreciate me,
to turn to me for advice and
to need me in their lives.
My happiness came from feeling accepted. But no matter how much I was included, it was never enough. The idea that someone might keep wanting me around seemed impossible.
In college, my world changed drastically. I was no longer around a supportive family or friends. I moved away from what was familiar and into a new city with new people.
I joined an organization on campus called Student Life. I started going to church and became interested in exploring the Bible with new friends.
For the first time, I realized how much I craved acceptance. I began to understand that the motivations I had for helping others were actually coming from a deep longing to be understood and accepted for who I was.
As I studied the Bible with my new friends, I discovered more about myself and more about a man called Jesus. I learned Jesus loves all of us no matter our race, our past, our secrets or our fears.
My change in perspective wasn’t instantaneous. In fact, it’s taken me a long time to believe that someone could accept me even though I mess up every day. But now I know that I don’t have to change to be accepted.
Life isn’t always easier as a follower of Jesus; I still get upset and hurt quite easily. And I still desire acceptance. But I no longer seek this approval from others, because I’ve already found it.
My name is Gillian. I crave acceptance, and I’ve found it in Jesus.
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Michael is the director of affairs for India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives. He leads 600 full-time trained staff and over 2,500 JESUS Film and administrative staff members. Michael became a staff member in 1979 and married Judith in 1988. They have three children: Jonathan Michael, Jeremy Michael and Grace Michael.
Major Wes Bowers chooses to accept Jesus as his Savior in the midst of a routine helicopter flight gone sour.
“I was always trying to make sure I had the approval from others that I feared I didn’t really have from God.”
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