Turn around. Head a different direction.
That’s what convert really means.
We often use conversion in our religious vocabulary. It’s the point of turning from one way of life, or one set of beliefs, to a new way of life and a new set of beliefs.
For some of us it’s hard to pinpoint a particular moment that conversion occurred.
I grew up hearing about Jesus my whole life. I believed from the beginning.
In my heritage, water baptism was the defining moment. The summer between 5th grade and 6th grade was when I went under the water. I did feel fresh and washed clean.
But God continues to bring me times of conversion. Periods when faith shifts, even if slightly. Or seasons where change occurs rapidly.
These conversions are no less real than my initial conversion experience.
Any time we wake up and head a different direction, we’re experiencing conversion.
God can and will use almost anything to get our attention. To change us. To refine us. To love us.
And I’m glad.
The questions of the day are:
(1) Do you order quickly or agonize over the menu at a restaurant you frequent?
(2) Was water baptism part of your conversion experience?
(3) Who has God used in your past or now to shape your spirituality?
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What are your answers? Please share in the comments.
(1) Quickly. I tend to order my one favorite thing again and again.
(3) Fran from Manna House has rocked my spiritual world the past 6 years. She demonstrates what it means to love the unlovely.
- Changing, Yet Changed
I sang the words on Sunday. But which ones do I really believe? Can we be changed and changing at the same time?
- Reframing the Soul
Just like a frame around a picture, our words frame our lives. Can we change the frame by changing our words?
- When Change Is Slow, Baby Step It
Whenever the gap between worry and acceptance shrinks, it’s a win. And even if baby steps are all I take, I’ll praise God for them.
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