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    Hi everyone,

    My story starts off in a hospital in Toronto, Canada, I was born on June7th, 1976 at North York General Hospital. My childhood years were spent in Toronto, Canada. It was when I was 12 years old I moved to India.

    As a teenager I got into a couple of things that my friends and the world as a while considered fun. Pretty soon I found out that I was a slave to the pleasures that controlled me. My life was truly miserable.

    It was during this time that I heard a message. There were three main points in this message that changed my life.
    1. That Jesus Christ came and died for undeserving sinners like me.
    2. That Jesus Christ can wipe clean my past and look at me as if I had never sinned.
    3. That Jesus Christ can set me free from being a slave to the pleasures that controlled me.

    All I had to do was to believe that Jesus died for my sins, confess to him that I was a sinner and in need of forgiveness. I then turned from my sins and received His forgiveness. All the heavy burdens of my guilt and shame were left behind.

    A few years later, it was college admission time. As I was a Canadian citizen it was difficult for me to get into colleges in India. Worried that I wouldn’t get an admission to any college, I was suggested that I should change my nationality to Indian on my application form. I mentioned that I would have to apply as a Canadian to all the colleges. It was the same year that one of the top institutes in India called Indian Institute of Technology opened its doors to candidates of other nationalities.

    I applied for admission at the Indian Institute of Technology and a few other institutes. A few months later I got news that I was selected for the Computer Science program at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. God was teaching me that when He closes one door that he would open another.

    It was my first year in college the other students had been preparing for 2 or more years to get into IIT. I found it really difficult. It was nearing the final exams and I had only 11 marks out of 50 in Physics. I needed to get around 25 marks out of 50 in a subject I didn’t quite understand just to pass. I didn’t know what to do. I asked for advice on what I should do from friends and family. They suggested that I should stop studying physics and try to pass in the other subjects. Instead of not reading physics, I started concentrating on physics asking the Lord to help me as the odds were against me. As I went to the exam I asked the Lord to bless all that I had read and told the Lord that I would be honest and wouldn’t copy in exams, please help me get through. It would be a month before the results would be out. That month was one of the longest months that would pass. On the day the results were out I found out that I had passed in my physics exam. God was teaching me that even if the odds were against me and He was there, that was all that mattered.

    The Lord helped me in my remaining years in college in similar situations and helped me in similar situations and helped me to get through all my exams in 4 years. I can say that there hasn't been a situation where God has let me down; He has always been there for me.

    There is a question that most people have. There is so much evil going on and it looks like some people are getting away with the things that they have done. There is coming a day when everyone will have to give an account of their entire life before God. All the things we have done here on earth. As you read this there might be many things that enter your mind that you wish you never did. Things that you wish could be removed and won’t need to be brought when you stand before God.

    There are some things in my life that I wish I never did, things I regret that I ever said. And there came a time in when I thought to myself, “is this really worth it? This life is but for 70, 80 or 100 years at the most, am I going to trade this time of living as I pleased for an eternal uncertainty.

    The world promises much but never delivers. Money, Fame and Pleasure never really satisfy. That’s when I decided to see if the claims of Christ were true, He promised an abundant life, a peace that passed all understanding and an eternity spent with Him.

    I saw how this world tries to satisfy with a cheap, unfulfilling and empty life. There is a deep longing in each of us that this world cannot satisfy us with. That void can be filled only by God.

    In conclusion, I encourage you to know Jesus Christ, receive His forgiveness for your sins and the true joy and peace and not the cheap, temporary substitute given by the world.

    Taste and See that the Lord is good. Psalm 38:4

    Ajay Chakravarthy

    "If I seek to please men I can not be a servant of God"

    Galations 1:10

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