“Yes, I have.”
“You’re not the same anymore.”
“I know… and I’m THRILLED about it!”
There’s this “mystery” surrounding my recent decision to become a Follower of Christ. Actually, it really wasn’t a decision, per se… I just knew it was time and boy-oh-boy was I ready. The mystery is how/why I’ve changed(?) I’ve heard that the church I belong to is a “cult”. Really? A “cult”? That’s disheartening. It’s not like they’ve put a burlap sack over my head, thrown me in a rusted out panel van and whisked me away to some secluded compound where my family and friends can’t find me. I’m not being brainwashed, coerced, cajoled or anything of the sort. I’m simply worshiping my Lord & Savior, attending church each week, volunteering and serving when I can.
I can think of a lot worse things that I could be doing other than loving and worshiping Jesus. I could be a terrible wife, a neglectful mother, a bank robber, serial killer, kleptomaniac, self-aggrandizing narcissist… truly the list is endless.
I’m curious as to why MY journey in Christ is “scary” or “disdainful” to others? Perhaps they’re afraid of what they don’t understand or what they’re not willing to seek? I’ve always believed in God, in the Father, Son & the Holy Spirit and so do most of my family and friends but now, when I openly honor and praise our Heavenly Father, I’m the odd woman out. Go figure.
I’ll tell you how I’ve changed (feel free to reference my previous blog posts); I’m calm, peaceful, full of joy, hope and a love that I’ve never experienced before. I don’t swear anymore (and I used to… A LOT); it’s not like I made a conscious decision not to swear, I just simply stopped. I’m still me (and here comes the “tooting-my-own-horn” part — which I normally wouldn’t do — but I am now, simply to state who I was and who I still am). I’m loving, compassionate, and empathetic. I love my family and friends. I love dogs immensely… my dogs, your dogs, rescue and shelter dogs. I love veterans, the elderly and babies. I’m a tattooed, vested biker chick…I love driving fast and banging gears in my Mustang GT. I’m a loyal, dedicated and conscientious employee (at the same company for almost 19 years). I’m still me… I’m still here. I truly believe that once a person turns their life over to Christ, there’s no turning back. It’s like when a mother gives birth to a baby… that baby’s not going back in!
If it weren’t for my beloved one, true highest God, I wouldn’t be here. I have Him to thank for all that I am, all that I have and all that I’ll ever be.
- Matthew 22:37-38: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
~Let love lead the way~ TP