I was the least likely candidate in the world to become a spiritually focused writer.
I mean when I first entered into a relationship with God in college I didn’t know much of anything. Oh, I was raised in a church. I remember the flannel board Bible stories. Yeah I know, but that was high tech back in the dark ages.
Yet, most of it seemed detached from my life. Well, except for the cute girls in the youth group. I wanted attachment with them.
But somehow I reluctantly and tentatively entered into a relationship with God in college.
And then I grew hungry to learn more and experience fully this amazing life he offers.
I devoured a modern language paperback New Testament until the pages fell out.
I discussed what I was discovering with friends who were spiritually on fire as well.
I experimented with my faith. Tested the limits in some ways. Often fell flat on my face. But I got up and kept going.
I remember as a pastor my favorite time was preparing my sermon. Closed off in my home office studying God’s word not to just come up with a message but to try and uncover the secrets to living this incredible life.
Frankly, that’s what I love about writing this blog. For me it’s still part of my adventure to discover how to live that miracle life.
I love to share my journey, my discoveries and my blind alleys to help you walk in it more efficiently than I have.
After four decades on this adventure I look at my life with a couple of perspectives.
I’ve been blessed beyond anything I could ever have imagined or planned out. It’s absolutely been an incredible ride.
And I still have so much more to learn. Often I feel I have more questions than answers.
Sometimes I ask, “So what makes the difference? Why do some Christians experience that amazing life and others don’t?”
I pondered that as I read the rest of the Jesus’ parable about a man sowing wheat seeds. He throws them everywhere. Some land on the road, some in the rocks, some in brambles. Yet more by chance than ability it seems, some actually lands on the cultivated ground and produces an abundant crop.
Then Jesus explains, “The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”*
As I look back what made the difference for me is somehow I believed that God really created an amazing miracle life just for me. So I’ve always hungered to discover it.
Then I’ve tried to apply what I learned. This is where it gets tricky. Sometimes those experiments end less than perfectly. But then I just get up and keep going learning from what didn’t work.
Life truly is meant to be an incredible adventure God designed for each of us.
What have you discovered about living it?
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*Matthew 13: 23 (NLT)
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