I was not born a Christian. I did not come to America as a Christian, but I have spent years as a Christian and have learned much from my time walking with the Lord. I have of course learned infinite lessons from becoming a Christian, but two of these lessons have helped guide me through all of the challenges that life brings.
One lesson that I have learned from Christianity is that God has a plan for each of us, even if we do not realize it at the time. When I grew up during the Cultural Revolution in China, I struggled immensely with the fear of poverty and deportation. People may ask how I can love and believe in a God that allowed me to suffer during my tender years of youth. I tell those people that the struggles I went through as a young man allow me to appreciate what I have now even more. For that, I am forever grateful to God because I know that he has a plan for me.
The next lesson that I have learned as a Christian is that God created the world without contradiction. We may not see that the world is made without contradiction, but this is simply because we do not understand. One thing that many people do not understand is that we have to do our part for the Lord as he has done for us. Faith is not a one-way street. Before we can reap all of the glory that God can bring us, we must do our part as well. An example of this from my life is research with stem cell research. As Christians, we face moral and ethical standards that lean us towards not doing stem cell research. While it may seem contradictory that we can accomplish things with stem cell research, we must have confidence in God that His plan has created a perfect world and that He will reveal himself to us after we have done our part by following the moral principles he has laid out for us.