May 22, 2017

Finding My Own Way

By: Wesley Overhults [Lexington, KY]

I grew up in a Christian home. My parents made sure that I went to church every Sunday, with very few exceptions.

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?

Act on It

Sort through what you were taught, and claim what you believe. Invite people you trust to help you through this process.


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