Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm tired of people judging me because I'm a Christian and not just a "Christmas and Easter" Christian. I actually try to live out my faith, unlike the majority of people here who see religion as part of the Southern lifestyle instead of something to actually abide by.

I'm tired of my friends and family not understanding why I act differently than other people my age. Yes, I do take dating seriously. Yes, I do take most things seriously. When eternity is on the line, your perspective changes. I don't want to get attached to a guy that isn't a Christian when the Bible explicitly warns against being married to nonbelievers. Dating is a stepping stone to marriage, and call me a Duggar, but I want dating to mean something. I don't want to date just to have fun. I can have fun in other ways that don't mess with my emotions.

It makes me think of Psalm 27:10 and Luke 12:49-53. My family truly is divided because of Jesus. Mom doesn't understand why I do what I do. I want her to understand, but she doesn't. She'll never understand me because she doesn't understand my faith.

That's the hardest part about becoming a committed follower of Christ. Having to give up my family for Him.



8 comments:

  1. Praying God will bless you and give you strength as you follow him!

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  2. Oh wow, I can't imagine how difficult that must be to have your own family not understand. I've definitely been made fun of a lot because of my beliefs and I still get called a "goody two shoes", but my family are all Christians so at least that part is easier on me. Good for you for sticking to what you know is right even when it isn't easy!

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  3. It's always hard for people who aren't Christians to understand what a christian does or why we "take things so seriously". I think we've all been there, only it's not always so close to home. I'm glad that you are still following Christ in spite of it all. You're so strong!

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  4. Always do what you feel is right regardless of what anyone thinks.

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  5. I can't imagine how hard it is to stand up for what you believe in when your family isn't behind you. God is on your side though and made you strong enough to handle this. I completely agree on the dating thing. As soon as I got to college, I said I wouldn't date someone unless it could lead to a future. Dating is fun, but I wanted it to mean something.

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  6. Aw, friend! I've been thinking about this post since I read it yesterday, trying to think of words to encourage you. I was listening to the radio this morning (do you have a KLOVE station in your area??) and they were talking about showing unbelievers the love of Jesus. And bringing them to Jesus through our actions. And it made me think of you and your mom. You are doing great! Just keep loving her like Jesus would - no, it's not easy, but it's what we are called to do. God willing, soon she will understand :) And all I can say about the dating thing is to just stick to what you are doing. It will be soooooo worth the wait when God finally brings you together with the man He has created extra special to be your husband. I watched ALL of my friends meet, date, and marry their husbands...single all the while. It was hard!! Often it was lonely. One thing that helped me was getting involved in my church - worship team, youth group leader, Ladies Bible study. Getting myself ready to be a wife and helper for my future husband...even though I didn't know who he was yet :) Does your church have any service areas open that you could plug into?

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  7. P.S. Longest comment ever, right?! ;)

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  8. Praying for you! It is truly difficult when you're a believer and you have family and friends who aren't. Back in high school when I fully dedicated my life to Jesus, I lost a lot of friends....friends I thought would be there till the end, and it tore me apart. I'm always here for you!

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