Rose shares the secret to a life of no regrets
While many people hold the view that Christians lead boring lives dictated by rules and a list of 'do nots', child poverty advocate Rose Daniels is evidence to the contrary.
Having travelled all over the world, lived overseas, and been on countless high adventure camps , the 25-year-old shares that her faith in God has given her the freedom to make the most out of life.
"Following Jesus does not mean life will always be easy, but living the way God wants me to will bring the greatest adventure, joy and contentment I will ever know," Rose says confidently.
She was raised by Christian parents, before she independently decided at age 12, "I don't want to just keep being 'a good little Christian girl' if it didn't mean anything; following rules for no reason. I don't want to do what was expected of me just trying to earn people's approval."
This led her to seriously consider the concept of eternity.
"The whole idea of something going on forever really scared me. I knew I wanted to make sure I was going to the right place when I die – Heaven."
After getting worked up about this on several occasions she decided one night at home to surrender her life to Jesus.
"I prayed to Jesus, and thanked Him for dying on the cross and rising again to save me from my sins, for all the times I had fallen short of His perfect standard," she recalls.
"I told Him I was sorry for my sins, asked Him to live inside of me and committed my life to following Him. At that moment all my fears about eternity were taken away and I was filled with peace."
From the moment Rose realised her eternal destiny was secure, she knew that a true Christian was one who continually built on their relationship with Jesus through reading the Bible, obeying God's commands and praying to God regularly.
"Finding time each day to spend with God soon became a habit," she recalls, "and I found that I looked forward to it.
"Years later, when I was backpacking in Europe I would sneak out of my dorm room to have my devotion time on a couch or even in the bathroom if that was the only place, because hearing from God was so important to me.
"God says, 'Be still and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10). It's when I'm the busiest that I most need to be reenergised by God and be given the right perspective for the day."
While Rose depends on her faith in Jesus to guide her in making good life choices, she confesses that for a long time she was unsure of which career to follow or what her future would hold.
After studying a Communications degree she took some time out to attend a Bible College in England and to focus on getting to know Jesus better.
"In one of the first lectures at Capernwray College we were advised to live in the moment, but not for the moment.
"This is something that God has kept reinforcing to me. Rather than constantly worrying about what I will be doing next, I am simply to be content and to trust and rest in God."
When she arrived home from her overseas adventures, Rose was amazed to find that all she had been studying and involved in had prepared her perfectly for a job as a Relationship Administrator at Compassion, a Christian organisation that seeks to release children from poverty in 26 developing countries.
"This has taught me so much about trusting God. Even when you don't know what the end destination is, you just need to keep putting one foot in front of the other and following God."
Rose quotes the Bible proverb, 'Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight' (Proverbs 3:5-6).
"The reason I can trust Him is because God is faithful and I know He loves me and has a great plan for my life," she shares happily.
"God has been looking after me, and following His advice has kept me from having major regrets. But whenever I do make mistakes or disobey Him, I know He will forgive me."•