Why Jesus? Why exactly are you a believer? This question was posed to me right after I first started my blog. I had just published My Friend Jesus declaring my deep-rooted love for Christ. But also, openly admitting my fears on speaking on my Savior. You see, friends, I am messy and flawed. But He is pure and perfect. And so, I always become a little intimidated to speak on my friend, Jesus. I never want to get it wrong, to misspeak, to not be a good enough spokesperson for a perfect God. And while, yes, it’s true. I am a sinner. I get it wrong. God calls the imperfect to speak on Him. To share His love. To share our why.
Because our stories are powerful.
I had the honor of being asked to write for My Why Tv. It is this amazing platform that use stories of everyday people to spread the love and message of Jesus by simply telling their why. Why Jesus? Why believe? As I began to write my own personal why, I started to let that doubt creep in again…I am no biblical scholar. I am too messy. I’m not good enough to publicly represent Jesus on a reputable Christian site. I am no authority on Christianity. I confided these doubts to my mom. And true to form, she spoke truth to these fears. “But you ARE an authority. You are an authority on your own personal relationship with Christ.”
We cannot let our fear of getting it wrong, of fumbling our words keep us silent on speaking truth. Our stories and experiences are powerful. We all have these very unique lives, views, and purposes that we can share with the world. So I would like to share mine with you.
Truthfully, I’ve always grown up with Jesus. We went to church. We knew the stories, the sacrifice, the promises. God’s always been a part of my life. He’s always been there. He is constant. I am the one who waivers and at times loses focus. See, when I focus on Him, I can clearly see that this life is beautiful and full.
When my focus falls off Him and onto myself, I become caught-up in the mess. I highlight the sin and the sad. I see my shortcomings and the shortcomings of this world all too clearly: insecurities; political unrest; poverty; disease; war. And then it begins to feel too dark and hopeless…but when I shift my eyes toward Him and His mercy, grace, and love, I see the beautiful. I can suddenly see the community that raises up the funds, the prayers, and the people when a tragedy strikes. I see the marriage that grew closer in the storm of loss. I see God in the sunrise, in holding a newborn baby, in a smile.
What I love about Jesus is that the dark cannot overcome His light. So when the doctor tells you that there is no heartbeat; or the phone rings with the call that someone you love was taken far sooner than you ever imagined; or see the fear and pain in your loved one’s eyes as they tell you the person you love needs a miracle…if you take that one ounce of strength you have left to glance at Him, the dark will not overcome it. The light will shine.
And that, my friends, is why I love Jesus. He makes all things beautiful and bright.
What is your story? It’s important. Share it, friends. I’d be honored to hear it.
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