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What’s So Special About Today? My Story

 

October 29th is a special day for me.  I’ll always remember this date many years ago.  I was a college freshman and something happened that changed my life forever…

I grew up in church– a church that emphasized works and prayers and “doing good.”  The impression I got was that, overall, if I was a good person, God would let me into Heaven one day.  As long as my good outweighed my bad.

Then I entered highschool.  The further I got into my teens, the more the “bad” outweighed the “good.”  I began to be concerned that God would not accept me.  Little did I know that the God I did not know was drawing me to Himself.

Off to college I went, continuing in my pattern of doing what I wanted,  though I knew it was wrong.  I desired to be a “good person” but sure didn’t feel like one.  I grew more concerned with the state of my soul, yet did not know how to redeem myself.  I stopped going to church– they didn’t seem to have the answers, anyway.

Then God sent a young couple into my life who told me the truth about Jesus– the truth found in the Bible.  I can sum it up in one verse, John 14:6:  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  It was through Jesus I could be sure of eternal life, because He had sacrificed everything for my wrongdoings.  Did this mean I could “have my cake and eat it, too?”  Not at all–no true believer wants to continue in the old pattern of wrongdoing, or “sin” as we call it.  

With this faith in Jesus, simply trusting that through Him and Him only could I have forgiveness, came a new direction in my life.  I found it easier to do what God wanted me to do.  I learned more about what that was from reading His Word.  I wanted to serve Him, because He loved me so much that He died so I could have eternal life.

I wanted to outline what being “a Christian” is and isn’t, just in case someone is confused:

Being a Christian is NOT:

Being perfect

Having the right to angrily criticize or hate those who believe differently

Being happy all the time

Being problem-free

Being a Christian is:

Being forgiven

Not fearing death

Knowing that whatever hard times or challenges I face, God is with me and has gone before me

Having joy, not always happiness.  Happiness changes with circumstances; true joy comes from Jesus within.

 

My life was permanently changed that long ago day, and I have never regretted my decision to put my faith in Jesus Christ.

How about you?  What’s your story?

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Posted on October 29th, 2014 by DaisyMuse  |  No Comments »