Monday, July 1, 2013

Shouting from the Rooftops



Do you ever have those times where you have so many emotions and so much happiness that you don't know how to express it?

That's me. I am absolutely loving life and loving my experiences and couldn't ask for any more. I had a life changing experience last week and I honest to goodness couldn't ask for any more.


I have plenty of pictures (or rather, Lauren Duffy, our wonderful photographer, does) that I'll post later. But for now, I'm just going to share what's on my mind.



Passport is a God bubble, a place where all you do is feel the Holy Spirit working in you and through you. Throughout this week, I learned lots. It's my third year going and I feel like every time I go, I learn something new. This week, I learned that I really need to share more about my faith by not only showing Christ in myself, but actually talking about my Christian faith.


Lots of people know I'm a Christian, but I try to avoid talking about it. Why? Because that's outside of my comfort zone. I have friends who don't believe in Christ and I don't like starting arguments. I don't like stirring the pot when it's not needed. My excuse was 'if I'm happy, there's no need to bother others with it'.


But that's why I'm writing today. This is why I need to share. Because all of my happiness and peace and comfort and grace in my life comes from Christ. Many know of my mostly positive spirit; I've found it to be one attribute and blessing God's given me. But all of that optimism comes from my relationship with Christ. I've built a foundation on Him and on the Rock, not on sand (Luke 6:48: They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.).


There are plenty of people I know who can't stand Christians. They think of them as fake and stubborn and not accepting of others, but I'm here to say that I want to change the Christian stereotype to someone of pure love. Everything about this religion is based on love and acceptance; one of my favorite verses, John 13:35, reads “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another”. My mission in life is to show others that love that Christ brings and show that a life with Him isn't about rules or chores, but about bring love to everyone you meet and spreading the light to the world, even when there's darkness.
 
I am forgiven each and every day. All my burdens are laid upon Him. And if that's not something to live for, I don't know what is.

We each have our own blessings and callings, which is still something I'm working on. But I know I have a spiritual gift of perhaps writing. I have a blog and I have readers. If I can reach at least one person into this eternal grace and loving lifestyle, I would say that it's a success. I'm trying to spread my flavorful salt and step outside my comfort zone to reach out to people to share why I'm happy and why I have a peaceful heart.


I would not be the person I am today without Christ. That's being flat out honest. When I was a freshman in high school, I went through some rough times. I mean, I started to completely doubt everything in my religion and hate who I was. And then I went to Passport for the first time, and everything started to look up again. It was more about actively being a Christian and not just saying so. I'm not a perfect Christian, but if I try to live like Jesus and act in His ways, I'm striving towards sharing the Word.


Church camp is more than young pastors wearing pants and flip flops, or 'suggestively' wearing a sleeveless dress, or playing volleyball teams called the 'Jesus Crew', or riding around in church vans, It's what changes my life for the better each and every year I go- the first year I went to church camp in 6th grade, I accepted Christ into my heart. These sorts of programs mean so incredibly much to me.


So when I say that I'm obliged to share, I mean it because I've learned so much and because there's no way to control my love for God and my love for other people. I want to shout from the rooftops and sing at the top of my lungs that I love God, because He loves me. He died and made a sacrifice so that I could live a happy life and I want others to know that!

If you're reading this, I'm happy. I hope that someone can know for the better the kind of life that's out there, because it's magnificent. If you have any comments or questions or absolutely anything, tell me. I may only be 17 and I may not have any sort of divinity degree, but I know that I love God and could go on and on about the subject.


If I'm known to be crazy, so be it. But at least let me be known for being crazy for Christ, because that's the best kind of crazy you can be.


with crazy love from the everlasting Lord,
Meredith


 
 

3 comments:

  1. AMEN to this post! so well written and beautiful.

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  2. Meredith, you are AMAZING! It was great seeing you that week! It is fun to see the spirit and the love you have of Christ. Keep it strong for the rest of your life!

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