Things that aren’t going to make sense until you can recognize the Holy Spirit in Christ

  • The difference between persecution and conviction
  • That sacrifice doesn’t entitle you to earthly rewards
  • That the changes you make to yourself won’t be able to go as far as you’d want them to be
  • Contentment as a whole
  • How the gender binary could be ultimately positive if stewarded well
  • How investing in the wrong things can make you sick
  • Defining your worth outside of your circumstances and meaning it
  • Not having anything to prove, but having what is proven based on God
  • The difference between science and skepticism, doubt and faith, scripture and opinion, and things that change vs. things that remain the same
  • That life, death, and resurrection are continuous if you know what you’re investing in
  • That no amount of work can make you more acceptable to God
  • That while your friends do not define you, they can certainly influence you
  • That your success is not due to your hard work as a whole
  • That failure can be one of the best things that ever happened to you
  • That being less makes it so God can be more
  • Being able to wish others well without feeling competitive
  • Free gifts
  • Having a goal that transcends your personal abilities
  • Asking God for things/Authority/The need to rely on others and how it’s a good thing
  • That some people will never get it, but your job description is still to love them and be kind
  • That it’s not fair to persecute people for being different, but you can most certainly think that they are doing something that is wrong or holding beliefs that is wrong. The difference between actions and how you address sin.
  • Fear as temporary
  • Peace that transcends all understanding

And the list goes on and on and on and on…

Part of the reason people claim to not believe in God is because of the Christian people who have at one point wounded them. And while I get that, at no point are Christians told to put other Christians in the place of God, but God himself only. This distinction is important to make, because as a follower of Christ, you don’t have to agree perfectly with the people that hurt you, and you certainly may not at first. Following God and slowly learning what it means to live under his authority instead of the authority of men means that while it is good to treat others with love and respect, what they think of you doesn’t define you, even from within the Church. Being free in Christ means that we forgive others their spiritual trespasses, and the process of forgiving others helps us understand who God is rather than ignoring that we are hurting and assuming the pain to be some defect with our own character, or that of others. Being all as children before God, we recognize that people commit sin, but for those of us who are equally sinful as other humans, obedience to God means forgiveness as we have been forgiven. The Lord’s prayer is an example of this, having been how Christ taught his disciples to pray. I bring this up because one of the biggest obstacles to understanding anything on that list is the lack of forgiveness, which can lead to poorly stewarded conviction. Holding others more culpable than ourselves misses the entire point of grace, and free forgiveness. Understanding God’s forgiveness for us is a good starting point to understanding why any of it matters anyways. You can’t receive grace otherwise, because the expression of God’s forgiveness is Jesus on the cross.


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I am a second-grade teacher and pastor-to-be who loves people. I spend my weekends with friends or wandering the museums of DC alone and with a journal, trying to put words on the places of the soul that still feel wordless. I spent most of my days at school trying to learn patience through my students and running on sheer nerdy passion. I follow Jesus Christ, and savor that as my most important identity--that I am a child of God, as are infinite others, regardless of their other identities. Christ is my one thing.

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