"Faith is hard… but faith brings with it the only possibility of peace and joy in this world— the only possibility of laughter on this mad, mad ride." -N.D. Wilson
Part of this was written in February and just recently finished. So part of it may be out of date. My brother and sister have an adorable little boy now.
Babies have been on my mind a lot lately, because of the fact that my brother and sister-in-law are waiting for their first child to arrive. So I am here in Washington on a couch spending time with them and helping them move. It was been fun so far and I still have a lot more time here.
Time...that is also something that has been on my mind a lot too. Due dates are funny things. The baby should be arriving in two days, but we don't know for sure. We just have to wait. But that hasn't stopped us from getting ready. The bag is packed for the trip to the hospital and we all know what is expected of us when we get there.
All of this has made me think of the correlation between my passion to support Ron Paul and my faith.
The elections are imminent. There is a set dead line, meaning that you have to make sure the message your candidate has gets spread quickly. If it isn't there are people that may never hear the educational message. I think anyone that appreciates the message their candidate has will make sure that they speak about it as much as possible until the due date comes.
We all have no idea when Christ is coming. There is no set due date and there is no way we could possibly know it. I think we often take for granite that our time on earth is limited. We could die tomorrow or Christ could come tomorrow. But unfortunately what I see in my own faith and others is this lack of passion. We don't take all of the many opportunities and use them to share the gospel. What would you do it you knew Christ was coming tomorrow? Would you spend the day on the streets waiting for your chance to share the gospel? I know I would.
Of course, it isn't realistic to spend everyday in that way. But we should still use this strategy in our faith. There is a time when you plan for the long term mission field. There is also a time when you must take every second ad use it for him. There is a due date for our time on earth even if we don't know it.
When I share Ron Paul's position on the Fed I make sure to explain why. I take the time to educate and I am passionate about it. Thinking of this has challenged me to be more educated about theology and to be more passionate. I don't want to be known for my knowledge of economics and government but rather for my faith that defines my positions on all of these issues.
Treat your faith like you treat elections. There is a due date. We can't change it, but we can change how we prepare for it.
A high-speed collision gave a new sense of sight to me
And now my vision can render the scene
I often wonder what God means to do in my life with all of the changes that happen. What does it all mean? For many of us young adults it is often difficult to see the big picture in our lives. We often focus on the here and now. Rather than seeing the possibility of beautiful blessings and pure joy. I sit and worry...a lot. I generally am a control freak, I like to know where my life is going. I am so thankful for the collisions that give me clarity.
God is truly incredible. I know that there is no way that I would have made it through Dad's death without His guidance. I was a very bitter thirteen year old. I questioned God. I called out in hatred. There were many times when I felt that I would never find peace again. How could God do such a thing? Throughout an amazing journey I felt God pull me closer to Him. I could have become a cutter or committed suicide, but God had other plans for me. I prayed many days for peace. I spent many nights in a ball on the floor in pain. There were days when my bitterness effected my relationships with the people around me. Each time it pushed me closer to Christ.
I didn't search for God. But in my time of need I always knew to seek Him, because He pulled me to Him every day. He is my refuge. Nothing makes me whole except for Him. Because I saw this undeniable grace in my life I realized that no one else gave me peace. I desperately needed peace. It has (and will continue to be) a very hard journey but I know that God's plan is greater than mine and His faithfulness is greater than mine.
Do you take the collisions or trials in your life and realize that God uses it for your sanctification? When I feel I am at my lowest point I remember what God has done for me. I remember that I was dead and he made me alive. He has comforted me and given me peace.
Happiness returned to me
Through a grave emergency