Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Story (Updated): God snuck into my life. #dutilhshares

As a church we are celebrating this season of Easter, by concentrating on sharing the good news of Jesus. So I have been reflecting on this throw back to a Thursday eight years ago, when our pastor of the church we attended at the time, asked us to share our story.
This past Sunday our Pastor presented part four of Just Walk Across The Room Sermon Series, “The Power of Your Story”. He concluded with a request to email him our individual Story of coming to Christ. I figured I would use this as an opportunity to share:
My story is pretty simple. I grew up in a Christian family, we went to Church some, we practiced what was preached most of the time. I got married. We had kids. I went to Church because I felt the kids needed it. About six months into it, it hits me upside the head like a brick. I realized that this is what I had been missing. A genuine belonging, a sense of hope, a desire to be what God wants me to be. With this I know that there will be ups and downs on this bumpy road we travel on this earth, and I struggle with things in life just like the next guy. But what I have now is hope of an eternal or everlasting life in heaven with God. For me this hope is something that is tangible in this broken world. Something to live for, without it life could be pretty darn depressing.
To update this entry, Of course it started with my parents introducing me to God, through Sunday School and Youth Group. But it wasn't until being hit upside the head with that brick...I feel like God snuck into my life with such precision. My relationship has grown quite a bit since then, and we are still working on some rough edges, I'll admit that some fine tuning will always be necessary as long as I am a part of this relationship.

When we did our family Church Adventure, it reminded me how much I rely on not only attending but participating in a weekly worship service. It was fun and educational to see how other denominations worship, but it was a relief to find where we felt called to serve. When we joined the Dutilh Mars campus, my prayers were concentrating on bringing more people to our little congregation, focusing on the numbers...Insert God's subtle nudge, my prayer now, is to let the Holy Spirit shine so that everyone can feel God's love, not only in this place, but in this community and surrounding communities. I have times when my focus is so far from where it needs to be, to productively be His hands and feet. It is those very moments when he gives me that gentle nudge to steer my ship from sinking. That tangible feeling of hope will never be lost, if I keep my eyes on Him!

This time of reflection has given me pause, reminding me how much my walk with Him by my side is so important. How our relationship has become more intimate, and that I depend on His ear a whole lot more then I realize. A day does not go by, where we don't have a conversation, sometimes it may seem one sided, but I know He is listening to my every word (even when I'm babbling).

This dance, could not have happened without His persistence, or without Him planting some amazing Pastors, family, and friends in my path, to guide and mentor me, into this relationship. I am positive  I would not survive without it. For His persistence, I am forever grateful.

In the photo above are just a few of the amazing people God has brought into our lives, while serving and sharing the good news of Jesus!

Thanks for taking the time to read about my story. It would be great if you would share yours. You don't have to be a Dutilh member, we would love to hear your story of  how you came to know the good news of Jesus. You can do it by commenting to this blog or your can share on facebook or twitter. Just use the #dutilhshares.

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