It’s been hard to know what to post recently. Some of the things I’ve been going through don’t seem like things that need to be blasted on the internet for all to see… Some things are deeply personal and too precious for publication.
I hope the look on my face says it all. I am happy. I am full of peace. God is good and He is blessing me in some wonderful ways.
I looked at some pictures on Facebook tonight of a high school classmate. She is beautiful; was a beauty queen many times over. She married a handsome, successful man and they have lovely children. It appears that they have everything anyone could want. But the look in her eyes is far from happy. She is smiling, she is wearing clothes that flatter her surgically enhanced figure, but there is not one speck of joy in her vacant eyes. It made me sad.
I wish I knew how to share this joy I have found with everyone.
I have written this before, but I will do it again. This joy is only found in a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We can have that relationship by getting to know Him through His Word: Scripture, The Bible. If you don’t like to read, listen to an audio-version of it. Fill yourself up with God’s Word, spend time in prayer, talk about what you’ve read with others, think about it, write about it, study it. Get involved in a Bible study with other believers, find a good church you enjoy going to and get involved, find creative ways to express your love for the Lord – but more than all of those things, learn His Word. There is no substitute. Spending time with God is the only way to have an intimate relationship with Him.
I know it sounds boring, tedious, and time-consuming. We don’t want to be dorks who can’t talk about anything else and start wearing our pants really high on our waists. I get it. I felt that way myself in spite of the fact that I was living my life in service to Him as a committed Christian. I prayed and asked God to give me a love for His Word, and amazingly He did it. Everything has changed now. I’m even wearing my pants really high on my waist. (So that’s not true, but you all let me know if I start looking like a dork, okay?)
Loving God isn’t easy because it takes work, just like being in human relationships takes work. But It is worth it. I promise. Pick up a One-Year Bible and join along with me. If you decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear from you.
Jesus saves and He makes all things new.
*Photographer: Leslie Coelho