Not unexpectedly, I have already offended someone.
Last night, after I posted about "Dealing with Change," my post received the following comment, (which I later deleted)
"First off, let me tell you that this is quite a lovely post that you have made. I like the way your thoughts were organized, and that I will be hated by most for what I am about to say. Sorry to sound like the "black sheep" here, but throughout this whole post you are assuming that everybody believe that a supernatural form of deity exists. Second, you are then assuming that every person who DOES believe in a form of deity leaves his/her problems that they deem to be challenging upon the "god" to solve them. You are also assuming that the form of deity that everyone follows is a male. You are implying that unless you do what the "god" wants you to do, you will suffer consequences...Just putting in my two cents. Let the angry replies begin."
Maybe I need to clear some things up...
I do not intend to write for the world to relate to. My intent is to write for women who believe in the same God that I do. He is the God of the universe. He is the King of Kings, and He will return one day. He saved me by grace, and I believe in Him through faith. I will not hide from nor be ashamed of the God I believe in. He has brought me faith, understanding, knowledge, and most importantly, peace.
I realize that they are people who believe differently than I do. We can agree to disagree. This blog is not intended to be, nor will it ever be "politically correct." I will not choose my words carefully so as not to offend someone. I will instead focus on being authentic, real, passionate and nothing less.
In my defense, I do not throw my problems on the God I believe in. BUT the beauty of my God, is that through Him, we can overcome, we can live beautifully, we can be saved from our own sinful nature. He will not ever simply take away the problems we throw His way. He is compassionate as a parent would be towards a child. He will never simply take away our grief or make our lives easy and perfect because He can. Life would be pretty meaningless if that was what actually happened. My God does not want us to suffer. He actually gives us chance after chance after chance to be more like Him. Chances we don't deserve, but that He allows us through grace. He does not condemn those who follow Him; He does not force consequences on those who follow Him who make mistakes. He instead only asks that we love Him, acknowledge Him, and believe by faith, that He is God. When we ask Him to live inside us, we are forever His children regardless of how many times we screw up. It is by faith we come to know Him, not by good works.
And you're right, I don't understand how people could deny that there is something greater than us. I think it's pretty egotistical to believe that we are the most amazing beings that exist. I don't understand how you could stand at the edges of the ocean water, letting the waves gently lap over your toes, tasting the salt on your tongue, seeing the vastness that is before you and not believe that there is something greater. Or how you could stand on a mountain and see the world below you and the sky above you and deny that a creator exists.
The wonderful thing about the God I believe in, is that if you've never had that experience, one day you will. He will fill your heart and your soul so deeply that you won't be able to ignore the fact that you are loved, created for purpose, and intended for something more. And in that moment you will make a decision to believe or not.
There is more to life than posting on random people's blogs about how "politically incorrect" they are. Don't bother re-posting. I 'm not interested in arguing with you. We can agree to disagree. I just wanted to clear up my intentions for this blog. I hope you're okay with that. If you're not okay with it, which I'm betting you won't be, there are plenty of other things you can find to read on the internet.
If you want to know more about the God who has given me peace, purpose, and fulfillment, check out my church, where we accept everyone as they are http://www.lifechurch.tv/
Until there's more...