Hello! Welcome Back! Did you have a Happy Easter? As someone who is pretty religious, Easter is an important holiday for me. I am Presbyterian and lately I have been thinking about how do I live for God? I’m not perfect at it, but in 2018 that is something I want to get better at. I think sometimes there can be a lot of pressure put on religion and how to be a “good” follower of the religion you practice. This can be discouraging to people. I know it was for me, while I growing up I knew that I loved God more than anything in this world, but I never connected to what we talked about in Church or in bible studies. On paper I looked like a great example of a Christian girl. I went to church every sunday, I took part in bible studies with my friends, I was in a prayer circle every morning before homeroom for most of high school, but I didn’t feel like it. I didn’t understand what the bible was telling me, and that made me feel like I wasn’t living for God. That I was a bad Christian because I didn’t understand what His Word was suppose to mean. Honestly, I still don’t understand the bible, I’m currently using my student Bible from about a decade ago to make it simpler for me to understand. I’m not reading it because I think I’m a bad christian if I don’t understand the Bible, I don’t think that at all anymore. I’m learning to read it simply because it brings me comfort. Since I don’t think reading the Bible is the main way I live for God, how do I live for Him? What do I do that I feel is an extension of Him? This is how I live for God…
Be Kind to everyone. I try very hard to be kind to every person and not judge someone because God is the only one who can judge us. There is a lot of hate and a lot of negativity in the world. Especially right now there are so many groups fighting against each other and it’s getting us no where. Be kind to those standing up for a cause they believe in, listen to them, actually listen to them and don’t demonize them for their beliefs. Be kind to the workers at Starbucks who are ten minutes late on making your mobile order because they have a crazy line and are low on supplies and employees. Thank people, tell them to have nice day. You may be thinking, these are all trivial little things. Yes, these are all simple acts of kindness but God tells us to love our neighbor. Follow his word, love thy neighbor.
Being kind to everyone also includes being kind to yourself. This is the biggest way I wanted to live for God this year. I spent a lot of years not liking myself, not liking my body, not believing in myself and not thinking I had anything to offer to the world. I didn’t think I was deserving of getting help for my mental health. I thought I didn’t deserve to live a happy full life. I know this is something a lot of people struggle with but, I want you to know God put you here for a reason. Sometimes that reason is unknown and that’s okay. We aren’t meant to know the reason all the time. God loves you through every flaw, through every victory, every failure through it all. He thinks you’re perfect. He made you, He made me, exactly how we’re suppose to be and he wants us to love ourselves just as much as he loves us. When I’m struggling with that concept, my best friend of 17 years always tells me this phrase from the Bible “I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” I think of that as often as I can because loving yourself is a struggle, I still struggle every single day with it. I’m not all the way there but I’m living for him by working on it.
One of my flaws is that I am a worrier, it’s a trait of being a virgo. I worry about everything. I worry constantly about what others are going to think of me and my life and my decision. Ultimately this started leading to me living a life for other people. I still worry but, I’m working as hard as I can to live for ME which is my extension of living for My Lord. I know God has a plan for me and I know what’s best for me and fully grasping those thoughts has already opened doors for me. I know blogging isn’t a conventional career path it’s certainly not what I thought I’d do when I first went to college, or even when I graduated college for that matter. I know people won’t understand trying to make blogging a career, some might not even support it at all but that doesn’t matter. I feel God has something planned for me with this blog and I owe it to him for giving me this opportunity to follow it through. He has given my access to social media and he has blessed me with having an open heart, an open mind to share my thoughts and to learn from others all over the world. He wants all of your dreams to come true, the best way you can live for him is by living the happiest life you possibly can. He will help all your dreams come true if you trust him and trust in yourself. This isn’t an easy thing to do, I’m a people pleaser so I know how tough it can be. If you take the steps to put all your energy into living a life for your happiness, God will reward you. Ultimately the only opinions that matter are your opinion of yourself and God’s opinion.
I live for God but trusting him. I know everyone always says to “Trust God” and majority of the time that’s a lot easier said then done because this world is filled with a lot of evil. We go through so many ups and downs, downs that make absolutely no sense at all. I know a lot of people myself included have thought “how can I trust someone I can’t see or can’t feel or someone who allowed this negative thing to happen to me.” Sometimes He breaks you down so you have no one else to turn to besides Him. You have no one else to trust but Him and that is a blessing because He is there. I promise you He’s there He’s listening He’s working for you not against you. As my Pastor said in her Easter Sunday sermon, God does his best work in the dark. Admitting you trust him allows him to show you the path you’re meant to start down, so hold on through all the darkness and pain of the world. He will show you the way.
There are many ways I live for God but my last one for today is well, by doing this…talking about him, talking too him. We are his messengers and while I’m not one to push religion on someone (I think it’s more rewarding when you search for it yourself.) I live for him by being there for someone who wants to learn about him. I’m here to learn with them. I live for him by talking to him, any chance I get. Personally I like to pray in my car. I will just talk to him, thank him for what he’s giving me, ask him for help, tell him my worries or my anxieties. I’ll just simply be in his presence.
As I mentioned above, I’m not one too push religion on someone but if this post got you thinking about religion and you would like someone to talk to about it you can direct message me on my instagram, simplymichelle.xo or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are religious, maybe we don’t have the same creator or maybe we do, either way how do you live for God? Leave me a comment below! I encourage you to try one of the things I mentioned above. Maybe you do it for God or maybe you just do it for yourself. I believe you’ll be rewarded regardless of who you’re doing it for. I hope you enjoyed, thank you for stopping by. Until next time…
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Hallelujah! He Is Risen!