OFF THE WAGON

IMG_9627It’s been a while since I posted on GODwod, and a lot has happened since my last post. I was baptized. I attended a LIFE retreat. And I fell off the wagon!

I spent most of my late Spring and Summer traveling, which severely disrupted my normal routine. Instead of my daily morning prayers, I decided to sleep in. I swapped my devotional books for some good ‘ole beach reads (try The House We Grew Up In by Lisa Jewel). I may have even skipped church here and there… or maybe a lot.

Church of the Highlands knows exactly what it’s doing when it schedules another 21 Days of Prayer at this time of year. Can I get an “Amen!” for back-to-school and a return to normalcy? As I geared up for the 21 Days, I admit- I felt guilty. I felt like a poser. I felt like I had let my God down by not making him a priority the past few months.

But you know those posts you see on Facebook that say something like, “A true friend is someone you don’t need to talk to every single day, but when you do, it’s as if you’d never stopped talking.” Well, that’s exactly what it’s like with God. We picked right back up where we had left off.

People have their own ideas about God. I used to see God as a punisher. I saw Him as someone you had to please by praying more, going to church more, giving more, and acting more righteous for. Ugh?! Who wants to be friends with that guy? That does not sound like a fun God.

Here’s what I know: My God loves me unconditionally. He’s like my dog, Max. He’s just happy when I show up. Now that’s somebody I want to hang out with!

This little blog of mine was on a roll a few months ago. It was reaching more people than I ever thought it would. Through emails and messages I received, I knew it was helping people. But as its readership grew, the pressure to produce worthwhile content grew. I did not want to disappoint you. And it was much easier to remain quiet than to admit that I had fallen off my spiritual wagon.

I attended our First Wednesday service at church this past week where Pastor John C. Maxwell spoke. Dr. Maxwell gives leadership seminars around the world primarily to the secular business community. You may have heard of him. He spoke about how we Christians can more effectively share our faith with non-Christians.

Here’s what I learned: I need to be more intentional in sharing my faith. The good and the bad.

If I want YOU to want some of this good stuff I’m getting over here, this blog is my bullhorn. It is my opportunity to change how you think about God, to show you He loves you unconditionally, and to bring God to you. Hopefully, it is also my opportunity to connect with you and show you that you don’t have to be perfect to be worthy of God’s love. He is always ready to pick up where you left off.

I am on Day 6 of my 21 Days of Prayer. I am back in the groove of things and am reminded of how much I love the simple act of praying. Seriously, I am as good at praying as I am bad at saying the blessing at dinner. If it’s not “God is great. God is good,” you do not want me blessing a meal. But ask me to pray? Oh, I AM a prayer warrior! I would be honored and privileged to add you to my prayer list. If there is something I can pray about on your behalf, please leave a comment or email me at: shelby@allincrossfitauburn.com.

And if you are wondering how to take that first step towards a relationship with God, let me give you a tip. It all begins by starting a conversation with Him.

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