I’m not the man I use to be. I’m different than I was last year. Much different than the year before. I can’t even recognize the man I was 10 years ago.
What changed? When exactly? Why? How?
What changed? I’m closer, much closer to the one I was meant to be close to…
When exactly? For me, it wasn’t an exact time, or day, or event. For me, it was the proverbial journey. I long twisted journey. Challenging beyond believe, painful at times, radical – like bending a solid straight piece of steel into something useful.
Why? I think I know but then I don’t, no, I do, well maybe, yes I do. Let me get back to you on this one…
How? Support of family. (Finally) deciding I can’t go it alone. Asking for help – needing help. Opening up, letting him in…
Simply put, I’ve become a fully devoted follower of Christ.
Yep, I’m one of ‘those’. I have faith – what a great thing. As the Monkeys use to sing, “I’m a believer”. I have been humbled.
You may simply can’t understand. Asking, “How in the world can you believe in something like that?”
By asking that you are really saying that I believe in a notion that was founded a few thousand years ago by a group of men sitting around (probably) a fire, talking of ways to start something knew. So they talked and talked and finally built a consensus around the notion that they’d start a new church and tell all the people in all the lands across the earth that their ‘king’ was going to come into the world as a fetus.
Oh yea, and in support of this notion, they’ll have to make-up (and document) a story that takes place across hundreds and hundreds and (yes) hundreds of years. A story that will need to be developed, made up, and documented through dozens and dozens and (yes) dozens of generations. Authors a thousand years in the future will need to take up the original and keep perpetrating this fictional storyline.
You surely don’t believe Harry Potter is real? How can you believe my king, my savior, isn’t real?
We both can’t be right.
Muslims believe Muhammad and Jesus are dead. Christians believe Muhammad is dead and Jesus Christ is alive. We both can’t be right.
Hindus believe reincarnation happens more than once. Christians believe in only happened once. We both can’t be right.
Jews believe Jesus is not the savior. Christians believe he is. We both can’t be right.
…”to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness…” Ephesians 4, 22-24
I’ve changed. I’ve changed so much, people are starting to notice. I am NOT a work of fiction. I’m real. So is Jesus Christ.
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