I was raised in a Christian home and went to Church every Sunday morning and night.
I was probably 12 years old maybe younger but I went away to church camp one summer and was baptized.
I went many years to church every time the doors were open. But then I dropped off after I moved out on my own.
I got married and started driving a tractor-trailer and was gone most of the time.
A lot of truckstops nowadays have a place of worship for drivers called Transport For Christ, with dry freight trailers turned into chapels. I had visited a few of them over the years when I was driving. It is better than nothing, but nothing like home.
Then once I got hurt and became disabled I just didn’t feel like going anywhere and didn’t go anywhere. Sometimes the minister of the church I originally belonged to would come by after the morning service and give me communion and pray for me I appreciated him doing that.
I rededicated my life and confessed all my sins and got baptized again – but I didn’t need to do it since I already had been baptized – it just was a personal preference to do so. My oldest brother who is a minister and the minister that was at my original church did the honors and I was very happy both did. I started back to church every Sunday morning and night.
But after a few years of this, I stopped again. I now go every once in a while when I feel like getting out. With technology that we have today, I can now watch the services online live when the churches decide to stream their services.
I find Billy Graham to be one of the Godliest men that I know of. He says on his website:
When we come to Christ, we have a new relationship with Him: Instead of being His enemies, we’re now His sons and daughters! The Bible says, “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children” (Romans 8:16).
This is a very precious truth – but it also helps us understand what happens when we sin. Think of your own family for a moment – perhaps the family you grew up in, or your family right now. What happens when someone in your family does something wrong? You know what happens: The closeness of your family is strained, and the fellowship between the wrongdoer and the rest of the family is broken. Only when they ask for forgiveness can the relationship be healed.
But when they do wrong, do they cease to be a member of that family? No, of course not. The fellowship may be broken – but not the relationship. No matter what they’ve done, they will always be a member of that family.
The same is true for us. If we have truly given our lives to Christ, we are now God’s children – and nothing will ever change that fact. But when we sin, our fellowship with God is broken – and that’s why we need to confess our sins to Him and seek His forgiveness without delay. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). Make this your practice every day.
My goal for 2018 is to start with a clear heart and mind and get my life back in order to God.
An Agnostic by the name of Albert Camus said it best: “I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn’t than live as if there isn’t and to die to find out that there is.”
As I would too.
Have a Safe and Happy New Year 2018!