I can’t remember when I wasn’t a Christian; I didn’t know any other way to live or to believe.
The faith that you have, have as your own conviction before God.
Romans 14:22a (NRSV)
As I grew older, I started to change. My parents probably thought I was rebelling, but I was only trying to find my own way. In time, I discovered that my Christian beliefs were a little different from the ones my parents held; and I realized that was OK. Maybe God wasn’t only in church, I thought. Maybe God was out in the world, working and moving in unseen ways but always toward a positive end.
I do not say this to discourage people from going to church. I say it to encourage people to think about God in new ways, to claim a faith of their own. God has taken me down some interesting paths. I am not the same person I was as a kid. I don’t believe as I did then, and I have learned that changing is OK. I believe with all my heart that God is working in my life; and I know that no matter where I am going, God is going with me.
DRAW A TIMELINE: Use words or doodles to describe your faith at different points in your life. Notice the changes in your faith. What experiences have made it stronger?