A while back, a friend of mine had someone ask her if EVERYTHING to her had to be about being a Christian?
This keeps coming into my head. I keep answering the question up in there too. YES. It really does need to be all about FOLLOWING JESUS. That is what Christian means, right? If I call myself a Christian, I’m a follower of Christ. Therefore, YES, EVERYTHING falls under that.
Being a Christian to me is like nothing else I am. It’s as constant as the fact that I’m a woman, but still not the same. It’s more than that. Being a Christian involves much more than just gender or culture or the color of my skin. It is what holds everything I am together. How did I do it before I was born again??? –is the question I ask myself over and over.
I pray that everyday I become more and more like Christ. That is what Christians are supposed to strive for, right? We are supposed to live CHRIST-LIKE. We are supposed to press on toward the reward that is awaiting us BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST, emphasizing CHRIST (since I’m talking about CHRISTian here) gave His life so we could have it.
DOES THIS MEAN that I can’t be friends with non-Christians? NO. Does this mean I’m “holier than thou?” HAHAHA…no! Does this mean I can only love those who love Jesus? NO! I’m to love my neighbor and that is EVERYONE. (Mark 12:31) There are no stipulations in the Bible that say I’m to only love people just like me. I’m supposed to love ALL Y’ALL! I do believe that is what I will try my hardest to do.
DOES IT ALWAYS HAVE TO BE ABOUT BEING CHRISTIAN?
Yes. I have chosen to be a Christian.
I HAVE DECIDED.
Reminds me of a song. (Like most things do!)
Check these guys out—
I have this going through my head today! Some people just hate others. WHY!?!
No matter how much you are loved in this life, I promise you, there will be someone, somewhere hating on you. They may be just doing it in their brain or actually voicing it to another individual. It is a given. They might not even know you. Maybe they just don’t like your name or see a picture of you that allows them to proclaim a false judgement about you. (WE’VE ALL DONE THAT BEFORE!)
You CANNOT make everyone happy. You can try and do whatever you can for others, support causes and lift up those who are down, show people love and strive to put your love into action all you want, but there will ALWAYS be that person or persons who still can’t seem to love you back. They look passed all the lengths you go to in order to make their life or world a better place. They just can’t see it. Who knows why they can’t? They have their reasons. They might just like to hate others. Maybe even hate everything! (that is so weird to me) I just want to shake people like that. That would probably just make them hate me more. (…and call the authorities ..Haha!)
I used to allow this kind of stuff to bother me. It weighed on my mind and made me feel like I did something wrong. I would try to think up ways I could MAKE them like me just a little bit. I might have even dreamed that perhaps one day they would come over to the LOVE SIDE and really join in the HAPPY CLAWSON DANCE. (like I really have one of those…haha)
I don’t let that stuff bother me anymore. Of course, I still hope they choose love over hate, but I don’t allow their choice to effect my choice. They may be very annoyed at the fact that I’m happy. Maybe that is why they hate me? Do you realize how ridiculous THAT sounds? I finally figured it out!
I can choose to do my happy dance or smile continuously OR look on the bright side of things even amidst the haters.
That word “haters” seems so extreme, but if it’s not love, what is it?
Go spread your hate…
I STILL CHOOSE AND WILL ALWAYS CHOOSE THE OPPOSITE.
Cuz the haters gonna hate hate hate hate hate…
I’m gonna shake shake shake shake shake…
(Watch this awesome video below for a laugh! 2:44 is my favorite second!)
My great friend who WON a luncheon/concert decided I was the blessed one to accompany her to this shindig today. LOVE! It was a great event which truly blessed me. We got to listen to Brandon Heath sing, talk, answer questions and tell us more about his hygiene than we might of wanted to know. It was entertaining, funny and a total hoot!
I’m going to share my fave song of the day below. It truly spoke to me. It made me think of the song— This World Is Not My Home, because it truly is, no matter what–going to be ALRIGHT. This is not my home. When I leave here, it’s alright (really better than alright), because you know where I will be. Love this song!
We got to see the Kingdom Heirs last week at Dollywood. They were seriously my favorite. Here is the song I absolutely fell in love. It perfectly lists things I’m so thankful for!
SOOOOOOOOO MANY REASONS TO BE THANKFUL!
For the times YOU kept me safe and sound…
For drying my tears…
Keeping me steady…
PEACE LIKE A RIVER…
For peace like a river…
The OLD RUGGED CROSS…
setting me free…
supplying my need…
I thank YOU
…if you only will.
I love James Taylor. Hope you listened to the song.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Show love everyday.
Jesus loves you and so do I!
This song is so meaningful to me… it makes me feel so loved and helps me REMEMBER what is important especially on days when I don’t feel real appreciated. I DON’T NEED TO BE APPRECIATED…All I need is God –who calls me chosen, forgiven, treasured… He is what I’m doing, whatever I’m doing, for–not for applause or my name in lights…
This video is a LIVE recording. I usually don’t like live recordings so much, but this one is just so sweet and beautiful.
Have a listen: