I’m a bit late, but here’s the Project Shine Day 3 challenge! For this post, we’re talking about our own experiences as Christians and what it means to follow Jesus in today’s world.
I was raised a Christian and have believed in God and Jesus my entire life and tried to follow basic Christian teachings, but I haven’t always invested in a relationship with God. Things went along like that for awhile until several years ago my life began to get very challenging. God was trying to reach out to me, but I wasn’t reaching back very much; for some reason I was struggling with it. After struggling for awhile, I began some soul searching about my reluctance and difficulty in reaching back. Finally, I realized I had to make a decision: follow God closely or go on like I was. I chose the first.
I made efforts to get into regular prayer and scripture reading and am trying to be as much like Jesus as I can be. I really began trying hard to get to know Him too. I just basically started trying to walk with God daily. I don’t always make it some days, but I think it’s going well so far.
I really appreciate my relationship with God now that I’m pursuing one. I wonder why I waited so long to do it, quite frankly. It’s made a massive difference in my life, my perspective and my attitude. I have more peace in my soul now; I’m calmer and less afraid of the challenging things in my life. I’m gaining a much greater understanding of God and really beginning to feel a closeness with Him. I’m also beginning to see Him more as a (Heavenly) father, as He describes himself in scripture. He cares for me as a dad would for his child, something I very much appreciate. (This is great because I don’t have a good relationship with my earthly father.)
I talk about God because He’s made a difference in my life and I see how He cares for us and guides us. I see how amazing He is and I want other people to know the God that I’m getting to know and to find the direction He provides.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” -Psalm 119:105 AMP