9AM: A Profound Truth

Image produced by Ato Kwamena

Image produced by Ato Kwamena

A Profound Truth

The rumor is that being a Christian is boring. I’ve heard people say the faith is all about rules, mandates, and consequences. People have said that life is to be lived by the heart and to follow the heart wherever it may lead. I have heard that people who believe in an all-knowing being are better off believing in aliens. 

All of this is simply not true.

I was a young woman who lived the way I wanted to in my early twenties. I followed my heart wherever it led and my life was a wreck. I entered relationships giving more of myself than I should. I lived in a high-rise condo and had all the money I needed but I was miserable.

Giving my life to Christ has not only freed me from my own hang-ups, family history, and past choices but I have better relationships with my friends, sisters, and the people I work with. I don’t sweat the small stuff and when I do I have a group of girls around me who remind me of a better way to process my emotions.

I marry my best friend in a few months and it would not be possible without first recognizing who loved me first, why he created me, and my life's objective. 

Christ pursued me.

I've been on this journey for a few years now. A journey in which I’ve turned to run away from the truth of my soul but I was pursued with love and kindness. Christ pursued me through my church community group, through the Bible, and through complete surrender of the life I wanted for myself.

That’s when it happens.

That is when life opens up. The Bible says in Matthew 16:25, “whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” You and I gain Him and the full revelation that comes with being in relation with the creator of the universe.

My life is far from boring and uninspired but free, revealed, steady, peaceful, filled with love, and hard times that are meant to further grow and define my character. I’ve realized that every occasion is an opportunity to live out the grace and love that has been given to me.

Life still isn’t easy but it’s not hard either.  

it’s worth it. It’s worth it because the life I lead is more authentic and better than the “life” I could have created for myself. It’s worth it because even when things go bad I can see the bigger picture. It’s worth it because all my striving to “be”, to exist, is now laid at the feet of Christ and he happens to be a better captain.  

It’s worth it because when death comes, I will welcome it, knowing that I ran the race with full understanding of what the sacrifice of Christ meant and how he changed my entire life.