“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.” John 1:1-2
Growing up, I was not a Christian. I did not know who Jesus is or what on earth God is. My parents taught me values and responsibilities well enough, but I knew there was something missing; something more than doing the chores that were teaching me responsibilities and values. During my childhood, my older sister sent me a card, a card which I have kept for all these years, because its message gave me great comfort as a small child. It is set up like a book with pages containing illustrations of God and a flock of sheep. The card tells the story of how much God loves every sheep in His flock. That flock symbolizes the love He has for you and me, and that is the part I understood the best. That was the type of love I wanted to find.
So, throughout the years, I tired different things, like when my older sister, the one who sent me the card, invited me and, my eighteen month older brother, to a week long church camp, with a circus theme. We learned some, and we were given the New Testament to take home and study. Then, in the sixth grade I met a girl, and she took me to a service at her church, once, but I was so scared by the time it was over, because there were people rolling around all over the aisle, while others were shouting in different languages, that I just could not go back. I’m never going to forget that. After that, I gave the whole knowing God thing a rest for a little over two years.
It wasn’t until I was 14 years old, when I began to know and love Jesus. That was my freshman year of high school, when my brother’s best friend was invited to play as drummer for a local church’s brand new praise band, and he asked my brother if he would like to play the base guitar for the band. These two had been best friends since they were in the sixth grade, and have played in bands they put together themselves, the high school jazz band, the school orchestras, marching band, and college jazz band. They have gotten ones as scores in their UIL competitions at school, and were very well known throughout their junior high and high school careers. I’d say, with their genus brains and talents, that they did alright, but back to how I accepted Jesus Christ.
My brother was invited to play in the church praise band, and he accepted. Therefore, every Sunday my mom would take him to church, while the rest of the family, my dad, another older brother, (this one six years older than me, and four years older than my praise band brother), and I stayed home. Although, nearing the end of the school year, I asked my mom if I could also go to church. Immediately, my heart, mind and soul was captivated by the praise music my brother was taking part to bless us with.
Not long after I was accepting Jesus into my heart, but I do not remember on what day nor the moment I said the silent prayer. A few of my fellow church family says that they saw me glowing after I returned from church camp in the summer of 2008. Maybe that is when I really saw, felt, and understood the love of Jesus, or maybe that was when I accepted Jesus into my heart. Either way, He’s in there, and the journey, well, that is something I will tell you about throughout my blogs. I will tell you, that without years of building a strong foundation in Jesus Christ, that it is very easy to get lost, and head in the wrong direction, when you think you are going in the right direction. So, if you get lost along the way, I won’t hound you, because I got lost too. It is nothing to be ashamed about. How about if we support each other along the way to a firm, unbreakable, foundation in Christ? It won’t be easy, but faith can take us places that we never dreamed of.
Throughout my blog, we will work through tough moral questions that society is completely shutting out. Strong in our faith, and wise in our beliefs, we can lead the Nation, and then the world back to the strong values that are presented in the Bible that we need to follow. Why do I want you to follow more rules, you may be wondering. Well, it is not that I am trying to be your guardian, but a messenger of God, and the greater your belief in Him, the more you will enjoy His presence and the less you will want the presence of worldly things.
Let’s start in the Gospel of John:
“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 2 He was with God from the beginning.” John 1: 1-2
God was with us in the womb. He was with us before we were even conceived. God created all of us, in His image, when he created the world. Each of us were born into the world at the exact moment He planned in His undoubtedly perfect plan. We are loved, so loved:
“16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal live. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17
God is love, and he loves you. He wants to give you eternity in the kingdom. What is greater than this? Nothing! Nothing on earth is greater, nor more important than this.
This is why I must share the gospel with you.
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