I was recently asked to share my “faith story” at our church, which I did this past Sunday. In preparation for this, I was to write out what my life was like before I came to know Christ, how I came to know Christ, and what my life has been like since. It is hard to fit all that into a seven minute talk, but I did.
I learned a few things about myself and my spiritual journey through the process of writing out my story. The most important, of which, is realizing that my faith story is still going on. Our spiritual journey begins the day we accept Christ as our Savior and continues until we meet Him face to face, in Heaven. Everything we experience in between becomes part of our faith story.
If we could write out our faith story in advance, I suppose, we would mention all the wonderful moments that we hope life will bring us. We would lay out our plan for how our perfect life will unfold and how all the hidden blessings and treasures will be planted along the way, just waiting for us to discover them.
In reality, though, at first glance, my faith story is one of searching for something while not knowing that I was searching or what I was searching for. Kind of like being lost but since you don’t know you are lost, you continue heading towards what you thought your destination was; only to arrive at that place and realize it is not at all where you were supposed to be.
If I choose to focus on the ”first glance” of my story, it would be one of sadness, hurt, disappointments and failures, guilt, and lots (I mean LOTS) of regret, followed by paralyzing fear and heartaches.
I choose, rather, to focus on the deeper meaning of my story, which is full of love, grace, forgiveness, a peace which transcends all understanding, and the freedom which is provided by my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I retitled this blog, Living in Grace, because my faith story is about living in the grace of God, who turns our sadness into joy, our failures into successes, and uses our brokenness as places for His light to shine through.