Hey guys! I figured I would write about this topic for one of my first posts since it’s the most important thing in my life.
I became a Christian when I was 13, and my life totally changed because of it. I know most people say they got saved at a young age, but I was a little bit older, and searching. The Bible says that no one seeks after God, so even me searching was a total gift from Him. Since that day, I’ve been trying to live a life of full surrender and worship to Him. I have to put my daily wants down and continue to follow Jesus. It’s not always easy and there have been some really tough times. There were some things that happened this past year that totally sucked and ripped me up, and I’m sure you guys can relate. Instead of turning to other things to get my mind off of the hurt, I grieved for a little while and didn’t run away from the pain. I faced it with the help of Jesus and it healed. Jesus gave me such a peace about that situation and allowed me to grow so much through it. God doesn’t allow us to be in pain for the sake of hurting, but for the sake of learning. When Jesus died on the cross, he took all the pain, and hurt, and abandonment, and suffering of our sins upon himself so that our relationship with Him could be restored. Every disappointment, heartbreak, and hard time is another chance to walk by faith. With Jesus, I have hope, strength and joy that this world cannot take away.
There’s a quote that says “The question is not, ‘why is there only one way to God?’, but ‘why is there EVEN one way?'” We were literally dead. Dead in our sin. We can’t run to Jesus on our own. We can’t try to do good things to get closer to Him because no one seeks after God. But, Jesus came and gave His life as a ransom for many so that our relationship with Him could be restored. My dad told me once that this life is like a conveyor belt. Everyone is on it, heading away from God because no one is righteous enough and no one seeks Him. Once God chooses us, He picks us up and puts us on a new path and totally redirects us. Like, what even? How cool is that? God’s love for us is more than we can even imagine.
God’s plan doesn’t always make sense, but its a great reminder to know that His plans, thoughts and ways are always higher than our plans, thoughts and ways. Growing (in our faith and so many other areas) requires stretching and stretching can be painful. No pain, no gain. It’s often uncomfortable when we’re taken out of our comfort zone and required to grow. Christianity is not a comfortable faith. It calls us to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Jesus is with us, helping us through everyday though. He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother. He gives us peace in difficult times. He never leaves and He loves us with an unconditional love.
Embracing growth is so important and it’s helped me so much over these past few months. Our lives reflect what we worship, whether its God or not. I’m not always the best at this because I do make mistakes and mess up sometimes but I’m thankful for a God that gives us grace upon grace, and loves unconditionally.
James 4:1-2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”