Meet the Community - Michael Axiak
I grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia as the eldest of 5 children. I was brought up practicing my catholic faith, going to Mass every Sunday and praying with my family; but never really made a firm choice to follow God myself. Then came a point where I had to make my own decisions and be accountable for my life. My school friends stopped going to Mass and I soon lost interest myself, going along very unwillingly. Things got difficult with the pressures of school and becoming a young man and I found myself searching for who I was, looking for my identity. I jumped on a plane and started roaming the world to find this young man I was longing to be loved for, knowing partially in my head that I was looking in the wrong places. There was a moment of realisation where I became aware that I had been running from God and rejecting anyone who loved me; I realised how alone and unsatisfied I felt. I broke down in tears on a beach in California and decided to give back to God everything He had given to me. Since this moment I have steadily made an effort to put God first and the more I do so, the more happy and fulfilled I become, I have found purpose for my life and put my identity in being a son of God.