Millennial Moment

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Cristian Ybarra

Where do you call home?

I have spent most of my life in San Angelo, Texas, but have recently moved to Houston and am excited to make this city my new home.

What do you do for a career?

I am a first-year medical student at McGovern Medical School, located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. I have been blessed to pursue a career in medicine that, although is a very long and arduous pursuit, will ultimately lead to a very gratifying and impactful life. I am interested in pursuing a surgical specialty, possibly general, orthopedic, or neurosurgery.

When I envision myself as a surgeon, I am undoubtedly drawn to the implicit aspect of restoration that embodies the field. It is this beautiful restoration of the human body that continues to remind me of God’s restoration of man; the act of salvaging our brokenness and making us whole and anew.

Do you serve in your church?

I have recently started attending Neartown Church in Houston. I greatly admire the community of people that truly care about one another through prayer and devotion, which has made my transition to Houston very enjoyable. Being a new member, I have not yet started serving within the church, although I have served throughout my local church in the past as an usher, youth leader, and worship leader.

As a Christian, I believe the most important service is performed outside the walls of the church, where we may be a light that glorifies our Lord in our interactions with others. As a medical student, I am very excited to be learning skills that will allow me to serve people in a unique way.

What motivates you to serve?

Service to me is the selfless application of oneself towards another in need. This often requires compassion to initiate relationships with those who are hurting, broken, and often hopeless. In medicine, there is plenty of pain, suffering, and loss. This environment needs people who are willing to care deeply enough to carry the burdens of their patients. To be able to listen to the needs of others, and be with them in their most troublesome moments, allows one to share in their suffering and reminds them that they are not alone.

It is this act of service that I believe reflects Jesus, who encouraged those who are struggling to cast their burdens upon him to receive rest in their moment of need. I find great honor in having the privilege of soon serving others through medicine and providing some sense of peace in their lives.

What words of wisdom or inspiration would you pass to millennials?

As a millennial, I grew up hearing the criticism against my generation, that we are often lazy, self- centered, and entitled. As human beings, made in the image of a mighty God, I believe we have a responsibility to be greater than this. One of my favorite quotes is by author Howard Thurman who said, “Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I believe we each have creative minds capable of solving the world’s problems, but this only happens if we are passionate.

My advice to others would be to discover what they are most passionate about, and how they can utilize that passion to meet the needs of this world and bring glory to God who gave us those passions for a purpose.

What bible verse has influenced you the most and why?

The amplified version of Ephesians 3:20 states, “Now to him who is able to [carry out his purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” 

This has always reminded me that there is no dream or prayer that God can not answer. It gives me boldness to ask for my greatest needs or desires to come true, that Christ would prove himself faithful for his glory. It fascinates me that God not only meets my greatest desires but goes abundantly beyond that to provide more than enough for me. In moments of uncertainty, this verse encourages me that God is actively working within me to accomplish what he has purposed for me, and to know that he is forever faithful.