There is a cost to being a Christian. I know it. I feel it.
People so easily label you once they find out what you believe. They assume how you will feel and act, in any certain situation or circumstance. They assume I won’t want to be their friend, that I won’t love them, if they do “such and such” or behave in a certain manner.
They are wrong.
In fact, it is MORE likely that I will stick with them longer, and further, than some of their other “so-called” friends, purely BECAUSE of my faith. It is MORE likely that I will be trustworthy and genuine, BECAUSE of what I believe.
Oh yes. I know that’s not true for all of us who label ourselves with the word, “Christian.” I wish it were.
It should be.
We all should be different, because of our choice to choose God as Lord of our lives. I know I am.
I make the choices I do in my life - because I choose God.
I have joy in my heart, despite my trials and challenges, because of my choice to follow the Lord.
I am happy. I feel blessed. I feel free. Because I choose HIM.
And He has chosen me.
I’m not anything special, in and of myself. I am supremely flawed. I can be a huge dork. At times, I feel especially needy. But He loves me just as I am. He has been faithful to me. He chose me, despite my inadequacies, fears, doubts, and immaturity.
And He continues to choose me. He continues to want me.
So, I try to be honest, because I owe God everything. I owe Him my life, my joy, my dreams; my everything.
I try to be obedient. I try to love others, as He loves me.
I try to be respectful, civil, and forgiving (as hard as a lesson that is for me to grasp.)
All because I love Him – and so I make my choices in life – based on that wholehearted love.
HIM. I choose Him.
That’s why I am who I am. And I, for one second, have never regretted that choice. He’s never led me wrong.
How great is thy Father’s love…… and oh how I’d love to share it with you.