New Year’s is my favorite holiday.
At the end of every December, I take time to reflect on the past year and dream about the new one ahead. As I’ve prayed and planned for 2021, this theme of relationship came up again and again.
You see, for so many years, I had a bad religion without a good relationship.
I was a rule-following church girl who worked really hard to do the right things so that I would get the right results.
I mean, isn’t that how the Christian life works? You go to church, read your bible, pray and have a daily quiet time, and then you’re blessed and have a good life. Right?
Not so much…
God is not a math equation and formulas never work with Him.
Lessons I learned the hard way after life’s crushing disappointments imploded every square inch of my carefully constructed belief system. That’s when I became disillusioned, hopeless, and angry.
I was mad at God. Why? After all the striving to please God, why did He seem to abandon me again and again? Why did He answer the prayers of others, but not mine?
After wrestling with God through a very long, dark season, I finally realized that I was looking at Him as a list of requirements and longing for blessing, but He was looking at me as a precious daughter and longing for relationship.
I was striving to earn something that can only be received…God’s unconditional, perfect love.
Can you relate?
Have you ever struggled to measure up to a standard that you just couldn’t reach?
Do you ever hear that voice saying you haven’t done enough?
Do you believe God is disappointed in you?
Is the “Christian life” not quite what you expected?
Have you ever asked yourself why you can’t change?
Do you ever wonder what’s wrong with you?
Well, what if there is nothing wrong with you?
What if God loves you just the way you are?
What if there’s a better way to live the Christian life?
Let me tell you, THERE IS A BETTER WAY!
And that way is Jesus; losing the rule-following system of religion, and finding a grace-filled relationship with Him.
“But”, I can hear you asking, “HOW”? “How can I make this transition?”
And the answer is day-by-day, my friend. Shifting from rule-following religion to a Jesus-following relationship is made day-by-day.
This journey hasn’t been easy for me as a recovering performance junkie, but I’m learning how to daily experience the adventure of a deeper relationship with Jesus.
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing more with you about what this journey looks like, the methods God uses to draw us to Himself, and the core foundation we need to embrace in order to unlock the treasures of our connection with Jesus.
If you’ve ever felt disappointed in the Christian life, if you’ve ever struggled to measure up to a standard, if you‘ve ever longed to know God’s love in a real way, you’re in the right place. And I’m so glad we’re on this adventure together!
I would love to hear from you! Does any of this resonate with you? What is your biggest struggle or frustration in having a relationship with Jesus? Let me know your thoughts in the Comments box below. I promise to read your response and prayerfully consider ways I can help. And you never know–there may be hundreds of others just like you who you could help, just because you took the time to respond.
I can’t wait to hear from you!