Faith alone is not enough. It should be faith coupled with action. Once in my life, I have committed a mistake, a grave mistake that has caused my family shame and pain, especially to my parents. I was a teenager back then, full of curiosity, hungry for fun and excitement. These attitudes have led me to disobey my parents and follow my own choice, my own selfish decision. My parents actually prohibited me to have a love life. They believed that I was too young for it and I might commit something that I will regret someday. I defied such rule. I was only mindful of my own happiness. It came to the point where I did not go to school and instead stayed at my boyfriend’s apartment. I studied in a school far from home so I lived apart from my family. They have accorded me with so much trust that they even did not bother why I had lower grades. One day, my parents paid me a surprise visit. They have discovered that I was always absent from school because of my lover. My parents cried upon knowing it as stated by my sister. I felt so guilty at that time and I did not know what to do and where to go.
I will never forget that experience. If given a chance to go back in the past, I would like to change that part of my life. After that sad event, I have realized many things. It has influenced the way I perceive myself, the people around me and the ultimate reality. It has taught me to respect and value myself, obey my parents and do things in accordance with God’s will. I have realized the importance of my parent’s trust and how hard it is to regain. In life, when you do not know what to do, God is the only light and truth. When you call upon Him, He will show you the way and restore your faith. Before, I believed that my parents do not want me to be happy and that they are the ones who are selfish. I thought that as a young person, I have the right to be happy and follow my own will. I was wrong. Yes, I absolutely have the right to be happy.