Does anyone else love sidewalk chalk? I think I could possibly like it more than my 2-year-old niece (no, I’m not afraid to admit it). Yesterday I got to get my little kid on and play outside with Speeze and Melody. It was so nice out I could of wet myself of happiness (kidding) but seriously, I was overjoyed.
Before she came over I took a jalk and listened to an awesome podcast by Andy Stanley. He has really opened my eyes and heart to what it means to be a Christian. He mentions that the word Christian is only said like 3 times in the Bible and I bet if you were to ask 100 people to define it you’d probably get 100 different answers. Nowadays some Christians think it’s their job to tell others what’s right and what’s wrong (which is God’s job). I know for me that had turned me off from religion for a long time. I believed in God, but anytime I went to church I felt that I was being condemned and told a bunch of rules. In Andy’s message he explains that being a Christian is more than just being a follower of Jesus, but it means to love one another as He loves us. Jesus loves all of us more than we could ever know, regardless of what we have done. Sometimes I can’t even wrap my head around it all!
I think I know what love is. I mean I feel I have experienced love, but when it comes to His love, um that’s a pretty large task if you ask me. His love was endless and somewhat messy! I mean His love comes with grace, but also with truth that can make people feel uncomfortable. There’s tension between the two. I want all the grace (forgiveness), but when it comes to hearing the truth, (AH!) it’s hard to hear it. No matter what it is, it’s hard to hear when I’m doing the wrong thing. I know I don’t make all the right decisions (yup, I make many mistakes) but knowing the truth and receiving the amazing gift of grace reminds me of how awesome God is! It’s like there’s controversy between grace and truth that I always want to resolve but it’s not my job to do so. And end tangent…I just really wanted to share that and recommend any of Andy Stanley’s messages. He’s the bomb dot com.
After I chalked it up outside the Speezeinator, theLawRen and I had dinner and then went out on the town! ‘twas a jolly time that was completely hilarious and random as usual. I did get to use my Spanish speaking skills with some Puerto Ricans which was super fun! I also got my dance on and hung out with some more cool peeps. I say it was a 5 star day. I hope you all had a great Friday and have a fun weekend!!!
Were you ever turned off by a church or even just religion in general?
What’s your favorite childhood outdoor activities!? I loved sidewalk chalk and bubbles. (wait a minute, I still love those now…)