Why She Does It: Immy
Today's brand new 'Why She Does It' interview is with the wonderful Immy. Immy has just finished her A-levels and talks to us about finding purpose, using your gifts and sharing your faith. We're praying that this post encourages you as much as it has for us! MP Team x
Song I listen to on repeat: “Ain’t got far to go” by Jess Glynne - this is a really bouncy, groovy tune that basically makes me feel like I can do anything!
Book on my bedside table: The Year Of Living Bibically by A. J. Jacobs - a really interesting read given to me as a present from my RS teacher!
Favourite Psalm: Psalm 8 - it’s a Psalm of praise to God for all his creations: the writer is awestruck (as am I) that a God so majestic could love and care for us tiny and sinful people!
Favourite month: June - because it’s the start of the summer and my birthday month!
1. Tell us what you are up to at the moment? What does a typical day/week look like for you?
At the moment, I am on holidays which is so cool! I just finished my A-level exams and so now I’m just chilling at home and doing lots of exciting things with my friends! Now that I’ve finished school, I don’t have much structure to my days, although I try to start off each day with a quiet time - just spending some time - sometimes only 10 mins - with God, praying and reading his word (at the moment, I’m trying to read through the Psalms).
On Sundays I go along to my church which is really great because I get to hear a great sermon, catch up with the church family and continue giving and receiving spiritual support from my fellow Christians. Up until recently, my Sunday evening consisted of going along to my church youth group, which was another great opportunity to learn more about Jesus and to continue meeting with God’s people, as He commands in Hebrews 10:25.
2. What’s the highlight of your week? Which parts of your everyday life do you love most?
At the moment, the highlights of my week are those times when I’m enjoying spending time with my friends and family: e.g. I just got back from a holiday in the Isle of Wight with my friends, and tomorrow my whole year group is heading down to Brighton for the day! But more importantly, this year I’ve been increasingly enjoying my Bible readings in the morning as they set me up for a day focused on God and his plan, rather than my own.
I also especially love anytime that my sister knocks on my door and just asks for a cuddle - because cuddles with her are the best!
3. Why are you doing life in the way you are?
If you think about it, this life is miniscule compared to the one we get to live after death - so is it worth doing anything in this life? - Yes! Purpose is something that I grappled with as a 16 year old (2 years seems such a long time ago!) and this really challenged me to want to understand what God really wanted me to do with my time here in this life, for His glory.
Firstly, I have gifts, and these gifts are from God, so I try to use them for His kingdom. I am quite musical and play the piano so I lead the music team at church to basically help the congregation in singing their praises to our heavenly Father!
Secondly, the good news of Jesus is the best news ever - and so I am really eager that the people around me hear it too. Now, I was very fortunate in my sixth-form to be in a group made up almost entirely of strong Christians! But I know that, as I’m thrown into the world of work and university this September, things will get harder. I reckon God’s probably gonna give me loads of opportunities to speak about Jesus to others over the next four years, so I pray that I’ll take them!
4. What is the one big thing that you think God is teaching you at the moment? How is He challenging and encouraging you?
Throughout the year, I have noticed a change in how I approach my quiet times with God. I think that I used to do them just because my parents told me I should and because I knew that that’s what strong Christians do. But over the last year, I’ve really grown to enjoy digging deeper into God’s word.
Also, I just think it's totally amazing that I, because of Jesus interceding for me, can have a loving, personal relationship with the creator of the universe!! How cool! I have also been challenged lately to be more patient. Sometimes your Christian friends or church family can be the hardest to get along with - because you don’t choose them - God chose all of us! So that’s definitely been a challenge for me this year, to show the love of Jesus in my conversations with my brothers and sisters in Christ.
5. When life is busy, how do you make time and space to focus on God? How do you try to keep Him at the centre?
This is a hard one. In the hustle and bustle of the school year, it's especially tough to keep God at the centre of your day to day life. I think it's fair to say that we all struggle at one stage in our life or another! Even though being off school should make it easier to live a God-centred life, I can honestly say that it isn’t much easier!
It varies from Christian to Christian, but personally, I find that starting off my day with God, makes it far easier to walk with him throughout the day. I know that some people prefer to do this at night time, but honestly, I’m too tired by then to concentrate on God’s Word - basically its dawn over yawn for me!
Also, praying throughout the day helps to keep the mind focused on heavenly things, and I think Christians (and certainly me) sometimes forget that we can pray to God ANYWHERE! This is so so cool and we can totally take advantage of the fact that God is in US, not just in your church or bible study group!
6. Looking back at the last year, what encourages you about how God’s been at work in your life?
This past year has been tough, academically and personally. During my last year at school, God’s been teaching me to rely on him more, and to trust him with my future and my life after school and university. This has been particularly encouraging because my gradual (and still ongoing!) change in attitude has opened up more conversations about why, for example, I’m not constantly worrying about my career, or my exam results. God has presented me with opportunities to share my confidence in his sovereignty and plan for my life.
Also, through particularly difficult struggles with anxiety and health issues this year, I’ve learnt to cling to the hope I have of a life after this one, through Jesus’ death and resurrection. This hope has been such an encouragement and comfort in my sufferings this year, as I know that this life is only temporary, but heaven is ETERNAL!