random tidbit: I don’t really care for salad. I prefer soup.
I have been reading a lot, lately. Not that this is unusual. I like to read so it’s not to random that I have been reading lately. What is unusual, is that I am reading a lot of articles, blogs, and books that have view points on faith, theology, Christian living that are different than what I grew up believing. This has led me to think a lot about my own view points on faith, theology and Christian living.
When I first read something, I sometimes can be easily swayed. I get all excited and impassioned about the cause or idea. I will read passages of the book aloud to my husband or post something on my Facebook wall. I am not one to contemplate to much.Until I meet opposition to this new thought to be championed. Which one do I believe? Is this a belief I can adopt? Or is this something I should put out of my mind? Lord, give me discernment I pray.
Because I don’t want to be wishy washy in my beliefs. I want to be consistent. I don’t want my Christian walk to leave others confused. There will always be the constant of my belief in God. That He is my Savior and Redeemer, this will never change. But how these truths play out in my day to day life. That is where I can be easily influenced.
As I sit back and take in these different view points, I need discernment. Wisdom. These are gifts of God to help us understand what He is teaching me. Yes, there may be old systems of belief that need to be challenged and replaced with a belief system that is closer to God’s truth. It’s just a matter of taking the time to ask God which one to choose. What is godly truth and what is man’s interpretation of truth? Is this really a practice I should pick up? Or is it just me getting excited about someone else’s conviction? Just because I don’t feel compelled to practice my faith like someone else, this doesn’t make me less of a Christian. Nor does it make you less of one just because you don’t want to practice your faith like me.
Because we are all uniquely made by a creative God, He calls us to Him in very different ways.