This is a continuation of a previous post: Believing vs. Faith
A few years back I was a missionary in the Philippines and I was teaching some youth how to put together a sermon. One of the student’s approached me and boldly stated,
“I’m going to preach on something that’s super important. You hear preachers talk about a 180 degree turn in life, but that’s not enough. You need to make a full 360 degree turn to get your life on track.”
After I finished chuckling internally, I explained that mathematically a 360 degree turn is a full turn back into the same direction. I then went on to explain that 180 degrees is always the exact opposite direction of the way you are pointed and that pastors weren’t asking people to half heartedly follow God. With some relief, he went back to his sermon with a little less blasphemy and continued determination to encourage people to walk the straight and narrow.
This week I began this blog with a personal piece about believing vs faith. I highly recommend reading it first, especially if you struggle with the relationship piece of Christianity. That is, if you call yourself a Christian, but wouldn’t know the Holy Spirit from a passing thought. I struggle with that and this post continues to talk about that struggle.
In my attempt to repent, which literally means to make a 180 degree change in your life, I started off by addressing that I was pointed in the wrong direction. There’s God’s way and then there’s the highway which runs smooth and easy into the fitful sleep also known as Hell. This direction was causing issues for myself personally and at home.
Since writing that post, I have been actively working towards building the relationship piece of Christianity. I’ve been working towards having real faith once again. As I was trying to figure it out, I was comparing myself to where I used to be in faith and I was discouraged seeing that I was no where near where I left the path. In dismay, I thought, “It’s going to take a long time to get my faith back.”
And I was wrong.
I had forgotten something important about walking away from God. Regardless of how far you go, it’s never to late to make a you-turn to God and begin the relationship again. It may not be just how you ended it, but it doesn’t mean you have to throw away all the memories you once had. Just like visiting and old friend and sharing a cup of joe, you pick up where you are and go from there.
This may not come as a surprise to many people, but I found it incredibly helpful this week as I began to seek out faith once more. My hope is that at least one other person may be encouraged by the beginning of my journey in knowing the same piece of information. God is faithful even when we are not, and this is just one example of God’s faithfulness to me even when I am not faithful.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
God is being faithful to you, are you ready to be faithful back? Is there something that causes you to worry about what that might mean? Share your thoughts, fears, and concerns, and I will gladly share the journey with you. We are all on a journey, each of us together.