When we are young, we are full of dreams and hopes of what the future holds. We continue with a childlike wonder never disbelieving that we will become exactly who we say we are going to. We talk about it, we make believe, we plan.
Until we become a certain age.
Something hits us, money, time, work, disappointments, greed, loneliness, shut doors and we start to get a tainted view. We take a job and we stay there because really, what else will come up? We lost our childlike wonder and awe. We call it reality.
Christianity can be the same way, maybe you learn to say your prayers when you were little. You said them before you went to bed at night. "Now I lay me" Maybe you said "come Lord Jesus" when you sat at the supper table. You might have sang I may never "fight in the Calvary, shoot the artillery, fly in the Infantry, but I'm in the Lords army" and you did each action!
And then something happened.
The world and all it tossed at you, knocked you off course. Maybe you knew God's word, maybe you didn't. Maybe you asked God "why" regarding a situation, and then got angry and bitter, or maybe you didn't believe in Santa anymore so why believe in Jesus. Maybe someone hurt you really bad...maybe you can never forgive that person....ever.
Even though I've been in very close relationship with Jesus over the last 8 years, In the last couple months I have been working back to what I call "my original plan". I have to learn it all over again, though, you see, because I've gotten off course a time or two. Those things that I'm good at, I am uncomfortable with, because someone might say something bad about them. Therefore, I keep it tucked away and hidden so that the one thing that means the most to me, can't be hurt. The truth is, we were designed to help others. The way we help them is to be who God created us to be. It comes natural for us, but sometimes we aren't doing it. It's called our "salt" it's our "flavor", what enhances us, our "sexy". It's what is instilled in us to draw people to Jesus.
Some people act a certain way that may hurt others or themselves and you'll hear them say "it's just who I am". I say "Really? Or is that just who've you become?" Because if you answer truthfully to that question, then you can be accountable and start to go back to "your original plan." You never actually lose your childlike faith, it's still there. Relationships take time. Same goes for Christ.
Learn to take the time.
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Dear God, thank you for such a beautiful friendship. Not only with you, but with others we meet. Thank you for each person that visits here today and everyday. Bless them. Thank you for helping us return to our "original plan". Thank you for giving us hearts that are capable of hearing you and being drawn to you. Please draw us closer. Let us continue to be salt, and not allow troubles to change who we are in you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen