chantel zapatero

Ioannina, Greece

A Better Future

All that my parents ever wanted for my sisters and I, was to have a better life.  A better future filled with more opportunities.

Being the oldest of four girls, I was the example child.  I enjoyed being the oldest and setting an example for my younger sisters.  From a young age, the values of being a good person and doing good things were instilled in me. And honestly, up until Highschool I really thought that all that mattered in life was being a "good person."  Along with that, my identity and value came from various forms of achievement.  Whether that was being a really good tennis player, a good student, or involved with different social clubs.  These really shaped how I viewed myself.  

Even though on the outside it may have seemed that I was doing well, on the inside there was  a tension.  I took great pride in those achievements and still didn't feel satisfied from them.  In fact it left me wanting more and I started to wonder if there was something more to this life. 

Soon after, a friend of mine invited me to her church.  I was open to the idea and at the same time quite hesistant and uncertain since I didn't really grow up going to church.  Despite the hesitation, I was curious.  So I went. In going this was the first time I had ever heard anything from the Bible and learned about Jesus.  I was intrigued and at the same time left with more questions. So I had to go back!   

Up until I graduated form highschool, I went to this church each week.  In the process I continued to learn more about God, what it means to know Him and to have a relationship with Him.  That it was not based on anything good that I have done or could ever do, but solely based on Jesus and what He has done.  I also came to realize that I didn't have this relationship with God.  But I wanted it.  I graduated from Highschool and that summer in the midst of the whirlwind of getting ready for university, I came to believe in Jesus!

Now that was 10 years ago and so much has happened since then! My parent's desire for my life was for it to be better and I know that it is and I have a future filled with hope and peace, because I know God.  He is the one who truly satisfies.  And through the highs and lows of life, I know He will always be there. 

God is knowable and desires to be known by you.  If anything from my story resonated with you or if you have any questions, send me a message! 

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