As a child my mom took me to church every Sunday. I heard the stories, learned about the bible and I figured, yeah, there probably is a God. I figured maybe if I’m good enough I’ll make it to heaven when I die. I decided at a young age that I’d make that commitment and get baptized, and I did. I still remember that day well, it was a very joyful day for me.
Once high school rolled around the importance of living out my faith began to fade. Eventually it became all about me and the things I wanted to do. I lived the next 15 years lost, thinking this is probably about as good as it gets, this is life. “That’s life”, they say. I walked without Christ being my purpose for years and it really didn’t lead me anywhere positive. Some good days, some bad, others that were even worse. Life without Jesus brought relationships issues, multiple types of anxiety, one struggle after the next. Problems just seemed to stack upon problems, like a snowball effect.
In my early 30s my Grandfather passed away. It was at my grandfathers funeral that I made the decision to make a change. I learned about this man, a pastor, who lived in obedience, and from memories I had, pictures that were shown, and stories that were shared, you can see how God worked in his life.
I went home and committed to trying something different. A lifestyle change. I committed to attending my local church every Sunday. I committed to seeking God. I committed to following his ways the best I could 7 days a week. I soon after got more involved as a member and began raising my kids to learn more about Jesus. Since this commitment was made, I never turned back to my old ways of living without purpose. Why would I? With Jesus in my life I have joy. He’s given me a type of joy I’ve never experienced before. His grace is amazing.
When living as a Christian, there are still challenges. However, when you have God with you, who can stand against? My kids are now learning about God and more in tuned than I ever was as a child. There are times when they inspire me. Never believe you are too young to inspire another, regardless of your age or theirs.
I feel I have new life. I remember using this phrase often, “I wish I was a kid again”. After making the decision to follow Christ and seeing God work in my life, this phrase is now far from the truth. Life today is meaningful. It isn’t childhood that will bring happiness and contentment. I now understand that all along, it was and will always be, a relationship with Jesus I need.
He has put a joy in my heart that words cannot express. I’ve tried to express this joy on more than one occasion – words simply can’t express.
22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness
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