I want to start by saying that I have dear friends and loved ones who have different religions, backgrounds, and beliefs than me. I do not judge them or expect them to believe the same things as me, I love them, unconditionally. And the same goes for you reading this.
I believe in God, that He sent his son Jesus into the world to live a perfect life full of LOVE and that He willing died for our sins. I believe that through Jesus we have eternal life and with God’s guidance in my life, I will find my perfect purpose here on earth. I believe I was created with purpose & I’m on a journey to live a purposeful life.
Without faith in my life, I would be lost. I would feel hopeless. I was blessed to have a family that taught me to love God at a very young age, but to be honest, I had not truly given God my full self. Like most things in my life, I was following Him “halfway,” giving Him a little of my time and attention as it suited me. Looking back, I did most of the talking with God and not a lot of listening. It is easy to ask for things, but hard to find the time to listen for a response.
I reached a point where I knew there was more to this life then I was living, and I was ready to start listening. My husband and I made the decision to get baptized together. We had been talking about it for a while and finally mustered up the courage to do it. It was an evening I will never forget. As the pastor plunged my body into the cold water, it was the coolest, most refreshing water I had ever felt. As I was pulled back up with the support of my husband’s hand, the years of living “halfway” trickled off of my body in the form of water. It was a beautiful moment, a moment of freedom, a moment of gratefulness, and a moment I never want to forget.
Why am I sharing my faith with you? It is part of me, it is my story, and it is the reason I have a burning desire to help other people. We have been given the gift of life, and that didn’t happen by chance. I believe we were created with purpose and for a purpose. It’s hard to grasp the concept of grace because it’s so freely given to us. But if we can search our hearts and continue to grow in our faith, our lives will be richly blessed and fulfilled.
I believe with all my heart that God equips every person with a talent. Some people’s talent may be obvious; while others can’t seem to find it at all (I was one of those people). While it seemed as though everyone around me was accomplishing goals, I felt stuck, stagnant, like God had forgotten to give me a talent. So instead of thinking I was capable of achieving anything of significance myself, I lived a lived a safe life, watching other people accomplish things that I just knew in the back my mind I could never do.
We live in a challenging culture, one that can suck us in, and hold us hostage to where we never build our talents or discover them at all. I’m on a mission to bring mine to life and encourage others to do the same. Before I had never known how to go about developing a talent, heck, I didn’t even think I had one! But once I discovered how to recognize my talents (things I had not even realized were unique about me) and invested time in developing myself, the results have been life-changing. I want everyone to experience this beautiful feeling.
What & Why
In my determination to grow myself and my talents, it is equally as important for me to grow in my faith as well, because even with a wonderful talent if I didn’t have God, my talent wouldn’t have purpose. God is love, and I want to live a life of love and share it generously with others. This means showing unconditional love to people not matter what. I believe in this life we can get fixated on WHAT we are accomplishing, instead of WHY we want to achieve it. To me, these two things go hand in hand, what & why!
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Do Nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
I’m certainly not a perfect Christian, and you know what, there is no such thing! But what I am, is forgiven!