I remember growing up and hearing the song, Blessed Assurance, and singing along, “This is my story, this is my song, praising the Savior all the day long.”
Well I would not say that I fully realized just what that song meant until I was eighteen years old, when I decided to follow Jesus and go public.
My story is not unlike yours. I was lost and now I am found, but occasionally I get a little sidetracked and need God’s grace.
I am also someone who has been burnt out on church before, so I understand the frustrations, I strive to see faith communities that serves to:
– Truly love the city they are in.
– Speak unashamedly and gracefully the name of Jesus
– Puts children and teens at a high importance, to help them a build a faith that will last.
– Try and fail.
– Work on being inclusive towards anyone who enters their collective lives.
I guess, these goals are my goals, too.
This verse has always captured my heart:
Titus 2:11-15 – The Message (MSG)
11-14God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness. 15Tell them all this. Build up their courage, and discipline them if they get out of line. You’re in charge. Don’t let anyone put you down.