Empty no more

Naomi Osinnowo from a Christian charity shares what John 10:10 means to her and what difference has Jesus made in her life.

When chatting with a dear friend of mine – the person who shared God’s good news with me – I often reflect on a period of my ‘pre-Christ’ life when I felt empty. I was in my early twenties working in my first proper job after university, receiving an okay salary that I would use to travel abroad, fund professional training, eat and drink with mates, buy stuff. You know – the typical things.

On the surface life was good. In fact, life was seemingly better than good: I had pretty much got to where my teenage-self wanted me to be by that time. Yet, I felt empty. Unfulfilled. Dissatisfied. Purposeless. There was a gaping void inside me, the cause of which I couldn’t establish.

Frequently at my London-based office job I would wonder: why do I feel this way? I would also ask myself, Google and others: what is the purpose of life? You see, I had got the graduate-level job, I was earning enough money, I was doing this and doing that, but I couldn’t comprehend why I saw life as a repetitive cycle of ‘work, get paid, spend, work, get paid, spend’, which led nowhere – which had no real purpose – no eternal value.

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I praise God that since coming into union with Him through my union with the saviour of the world, Jesus the Christ, no longer do I have a gaping void. No longer do I feel unfulfilled, dissatisfied, purposeless. No longer do I feel like I’m on a meaningless journey that leads nowhere.

For, while “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy, Jesus Christ has come that they may have life and have it to the full” (John 10:10).


Naomi came to know Jesus as her Lord and Saviour in 2013, some seven years after God made it known to her that He does exist. She counts this new life she has in Christ a delightful adventure, and spends her days seeking to discover more about the mysteries of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. For work, Naomi is currently employed as editorial content manager at a Christian charity. For play, Naomi enjoys very much time with people, doing all sorts of things.

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