2018: The Year I Was Religious For Science

Jemima Abu
4 min readDec 31, 2018


Whoo, 2018 was a year.
Honestly, my best year to date.

This year, I was religious(-ish) as an experiment. My past self does a much better job of explaining so I’ll let her tell it.

At the beginning of this year, I wrote an email to my future self, basically predicting how I wanted this year to go and here it is:

The following is an email from the past, composed on January 01, 2018. It is being delivered from the past through FutureMe.org

Dear FutureMe, 
The purpose of writing this is actually to serve as a blog post for the date I’m supposed to receive this letter. This letter is my big vow of faith and it might as well be addressed to God because this is what he’s going to do in my life.
At the beginning of this year, I made a vow to accept God into my life and to get closer to him. As a result of that vow, this year has honestly been the best year of my life and I know that the coming years shall be even better, in Jesus' name. 
Anyone who knew the old me knows that I was not a 'churchy' person. I didn’t see the appeal and to be honest, I think there was a part of me that was a little embarrassed to be seen as spiritual or I thought it was cool to not be so into religious things. Tres woke. 
My reason for deciding to give my life to Jesus wasn’t some sort of epiphany or a deep revelation. It’s a little selfish, actually. During our regular morning devotion at home, my sister recounted a testimony someone had given at the previous Shiloh service of how she gave God all she made that year and she ended up earning 33 times her old salary and some other things that sounded pretty cool to me. 
So I figured that’s a pretty good investment. I mean, a year’s salary for 33 times your monthly salary? You do the math. So yeah, that was the reason. 
My father also mentioned something someone once said about how you literally have nothing to lose by believing in God. If it turns out everything is wrong, no harm, no foul. At least, you had a good life. If it turns out everything is real, you get to spend eternity at his side. That’s a win/win in my book. 
Back to my year, like I said, it’s been unbelievable. Not only did I accomplish everything I set out to do, but I accomplished things I never even thought I could do. I achieved all my New Year Resolutions which is honestly a first for me. At the crossover service, our pastor told us that 2018 is our year of Overflowing Grace and it’s evident because the things that happened to me this year could only be by the grace of God. 
My anthem for this year is This Is Your Season by Sinach. 
The chorus goes 
"In this world where there are seasons and times 
This is your season 
Its time to shine again" and, without a doubt, 2018 was my season to shine and I shall shine evermore from this point on. 
I got an internship that was absolutely amazing and I also got an offer with a company that’s just... I can’t even think of a word but it’s good. Very good. Like 15 times my salary at this time last year good. 
I met some awesome people this year and I’m honestly glad they came into my life. 
Personally, I declared 2018 as my year of self realization and, boy, was it! It’s safe to say that I’ve never been more in love with myself as a person. 
God truly took over all aspects of my life: career, education, relationships and everything else. I even look better. Seriously, my skin is clear and I’m looking like major goals. It’s brilliant how everything seems so good when you let Jesus be in charge. 
[Redacted because lol okay calm down with the personal information dearie]
So I’d like to end this post/testimony/letter by saying: if things aren’t going the way you want, why not give God a try? Either way, you have nothing to lose.

Okay so I’m reading the above post now and I’m really proud of the person I was at the beginning of the year but woooow I did not maintain that energy.
Anyway, the point of this post isn’t to reflect on my new found religious nature or lack thereof, it’s just something I said I’d do at the beginning of the year, and I’m a woman of my word.

Seriously though I might as well have written that letter today because it is an exact recollection of how my year turned out. And that’s insane.

I forgot I’d even written down somethings and I’m reading the letter like “Ohh that totally happened, that’s craaazy.”

So was it actually divine intervention or did I just get lucky a lot? Meh, I’m going with the divinity.

Here’s looking at 2019.

‘kay, bye.




Jemima Abu

Self-taught developer, school-taught engineer, sometimes writer