So…I was not raised Christian. And now that I am Christian, I sure wish I’d been raised in it or at least around FISHING Dad shirt, and here’s my reasoning: I made alot of mistakes that I think I wouldn’t have made if I’d had a relationship with God. I was selfish. I was more into self gratification than building relationships. There was an emptiness inside I couldn’t seem to fill, no matter what I did or bought. I felt like life was just going through the motions, and had no meaning or purpose. The evil in humanity was so depressing, I didn’t understand why humans hadn’t changed, after thousands of years we’re still murdering and greedy. And I thought I was so much better than “those people” because I thought I was “basically a good person”. But in reality, I’m not sure I understood the real meaning of love, just some Hollywood fiction…and a culture where identity revolves around what we do and what we have. I had alot of misconceptions about Christianity and God based on limited experiences with a few Christians who were judgemental and imperfect, and I thought they were supposed to be perfect, so something had to be awry, but I couldn’t be bothered to even give it a chance. I didn’t need some man-made religion. Didn’t even read the Bible, but I thought I had it figured out. I was arrogant and closed minded and hard hearted.
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I was 52 when God came after me, and I’ve been saved 2 years. I found out the Bible was filled with FISHING Dad shirt and murderers and selfish, disobedient people (like me)…not saintly people who always did the right thing. I didn’t understand what God’s grace was…that Jesus died to save screw ups like me. And I had no idea that God could transform my heart, but He has been doing just that…He really can do the impossible.
So what does this have to do with you. I guess I think 15 is a young age to decide to write God off just because life is challenging and He hasn’t given you what you prayed for. Why would He bother coming after an old goat like me? Because He loves me. And He loves you, whether you believe in Him or not. Death is going to happen whether you believe in Him or not. Life is going to be challenging whether you believe in Him or not. I would rather have God’s help and guidance to get through those things than be alone like I was before. And I would rather God give me what He thinks I need rather than what I think I need, because looking back on my life, what I thought I needed and “achieved” was pretty empty and worthless. Job, house, stuff…did not fulfill me. If I had followed God’s teachings, I would have spent more time with those I loved (who are now dead), and loved more people than I did, rather than spending so much time on work and selfish pursuits. And I would have been walking with God all these years and asking for His guidance, learning how to be patient and work through the challenges rather than being stubborn and prideful, telling people to “f off” and breaking love.