5 Things I Learned About Being A Christian

When I first started out on my newfound walk with Christ, for sure I thought that the journey would be easy-peasy…sunshine and butterflies!! Don’t get me wrong. Having a sense of security, knowing that you have salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, does make life easier but lets not forget, we are still beings going through a very real life experience. That means we will face DAILY challenges (work, peer pressure, financial issues, etc) and facing and overcoming them is enough added pressure in itself.

I would like to share 5 things that I have learned thus far in MY journey and I hope by sharing them, you can maneuver through your own personal journey effortlessly.

Disclaimer: These are MY thoughts and experiences on MY journey and to be taken as nothing more than advice to you and yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

(1) Rome Wasn’t Built in A Day

After I gave my life to Christ, I went into full blown Super Christian mode! I told myself that I would be the best Christian anyone ever saw. I would read my bible 3 times a day. I prayed in the morning, noon and night and even prayed while falling asleep. I would beat myself up if I was a minute late for Sunday School. Although God wants us to be the best we can be, I don’t think he meant for us to kill ourselves trying nor condemn ourselves for not being perfect. Perfection will never be attained in this human vessel and I had to realize that for myself.

(2) Be Honest with Yourself

Once I came to the realization that I couldn’t be this Super Perfect Super Christian, I began to calm down and take one day at a time. The reason why being honest with yourself is so critical is because it allows you to not have unrealistic expectations. We know that achieving perfection is nearly impossible, so why place that expectation on yourself? In no way am I saying settle for lackluster performance but don’t condemn yourself if you miss a day of reading your bible. I am speaking from experience. I would literally feel worthless if I missed bible study or if i didn’t pray morning, noon and night. These things are important but beating yourself up mentally and emotionally isn’t Gods way. God knows that we could never achieve perfection, which is why he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for us.

(3) Change Is Necessary

We know that there is nothing that can separate us from Gods love; however, its also important to know that we cannot live our same old lives and expect to bear the fruit of a child of God. Being baptized and asking God for forgiveness are 2 great essential steps on your walk with Christ but you also have to make a physical change. Changing your way of thinking. Changing your social circles. Changing your habits. Change is necessary because without it, you will never grow.

Here’s a point for you. When I became a police officer, I began to change my group of friends. This was necessary because the group I used to hang out with didn’t align with the values and morals that came with being a police officer. Its the same principle with your journey. When you become a new person in Christ, you cant continue to hang around those who are not walking the same road as you. If two people are together but have different paths in their viewpoint, you’re bound to stray away from each other OR you make yourself vulnerable to the chance of being pulled in their direction. You make the choice. Clean house or be led astray.

(4) Be Intentional

Are you on this journey because of fear or are you on this journey because you want to be intentional about your love and gratitude to God? I remember a time when I used to attend church because I was trying to make my aunt happy. Then I remember a time when I did it because…everyone else was doing it. When I made the conscious decision to go because I wanted to go, I felt so light. So weightless. I was no longer under the pressure of making someone else happy. Isn’t that beautiful!? Being intentional about your journey is essential because you need to know who you’re doing this for. This is between you and God and you should only be doing this to build your relationship with Him. Lately it seems like being a Christian is the latest trend. Its the cool thing to do right now. Being a Christian is cool but its more than a fad. Its a way of life. This is your soul that we’re talking about people!! God was intentional when he sent his son to die for our sins. Can’t we be intentional about our love and devotion to him?

(5) Mind Your Business

Last but not least, we have come to one of the most important steps. Minding your business. Staying focused on yourself and your journey. I learned how important this step was after a head-on experience that I had.

I would see how people would claim to be Christian but they continued to live like everyone else with no thoughts of changing. This would frustrate me to the point where I began questioning myself. This is why you have to focus on yourself and mind your own business. Focusing on others will have you lost and confused about your own journey.

Some people believe that going to church every Sunday will suffice for them. Others believe that they don’t need to change their ways at all and that’s the thing. Everyone has their own thoughts and beliefs and this is exactly why you have to focus on yourself. This journey is hard enough dealing with your own thoughts, trials and desires. Don’t add more unnecessary strife by dabbling in others life.

In Conclusion

We have covered a lot of ground and I hope it wasn’t too much to take in. This journey can become overwhelming at times but it can also be rewarding and a true eye opener to how much God really loves us. Just remember to continue to spread Gods love and remember his word.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. Romans 15:13

Just A Little Chit Chat

Hey there lovely!!! How is your week going so far? I hope its going extremely well. You know, sometimes I sit back and take in everything around me and realize how extremely blessed I am. Although I am not where I want to be, I thank the Lord daily that I am not where I used to be. Do you ever just stop and say “Thank You Lord” ? In the grand scheme of things, we are really blessed. Anytime you encounter a bad day or when you feel down in the dumps, look around you and all that you have and know that you are blessed.

Lately, I feel like my ambition levels have been in complete overdrive! Its like sometimes i feel as though I can literally do anything; like the sky is the limit. As I look back at past accomplishments such as graduating the police academy and sustaining a career for 6+ years, starting my own business (although I didn’t stick to it), tapping into public speaking and several other goals that I’ve met, I realized that I fell in love with the challenges. Its an awesome feeling when you reach for a goal and you nail it!! I hate that all too often I see people, especially in my line of work, who have given up on their goals and dreams. I understand that life throws us curve balls but does that mean we bend over and die right then and there? NO!!! We cannot wallow in self pity and doubt and quit! We owe ourselves more than that. We owe it to our children, our families and to God to get up, dust ourselves off and get back in the fight.

One thing that really bugs me is when we find ourselves overcoming obstacles and adversities, there’s always someone who coin you as the person who thinks they’re better. Since when does self-improvement put you above others? It doesn’t. Do not feel guilty for pulling yourself out of a pit and striving for better. Gods plan is for everyone to be victorious and happy for one another..but of course in this lifetime….that’s not realistic. Regardless of the negative energy, know that the Lord brought you this far for a good reason and be sure to use every day to encourage someone else. Continue to pick one another up and help each other run the race. Whats for you will be for you and whats for them will be for them. Aspire to Inspire!

Right now I am getting ready to make a transition and I am looking forward to seeing where God is going to take me. Getting out of your comfort zone can be nerve wrecking but its so necessary for growth. Don’t worry, I’ll be taking you guys along for the ride. Thank you for reading and God Bless. xoxo

When You Cant Hear Gods Voice

Have you ever felt like life was getting so busy and the world around you was so loud that you literally felt like you could no longer hear Gods voice? Like you’ve totally been unplugged!?

As someone striving to gain a closer relationship with God, when I cant hear his voice, I go into panic mode!! If you find yourself feeling the same way, check out some of the methods I use when its time re-align myself.

  • Drop everything- Yes!! Drop the to-do list, drop the cell phone and turn the TV off.
  • Go to a quiet place- we have to allow our minds to get quiet so we can focus. Tuning out the world around and going to your quiet place is a MUST when you’re trying to hear His voice.
  • Grab your bible- I personally like to call my bible my road map because it literally directs me as I walk the Christian journey. Turn to your favorite scripture and allow it to resonate with you.
  • Grab your journal- Writing down your thoughts or how your favorite scripture made you feel allows you to think deeply about what you just took in.

Simple Is Key

Though few in number, sometimes all you need is a few simple steps to get back where you once were. While on this journey, there will be times when you may not feel his presence like you once did and I believe thatโ€™s ok. That is actually where your faith comes into play. You have to have faith and know that He is always there with us. God is always talking to us, we just have to take the headphones off. ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope that this was beneficial to you and I hope that you continue to incorporate these methods (tuned to your liking) in your walk with Christ. Happy Sunday and God Bless! xoxo

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” – Ephesians 3:20