You know… In my walk with the Lord for the past 4 and however many month and years (I need to get my exact “ah ha, conversion, encounter with God moment exact date I tell ya), I have spoken with, I have experienced, I have seen and felt a variety of things. And yall wanna know something? They was ALL TRUTH, or if they weren’t- they were learning experiences. I have been REALLY DEEP with God before, like REALLL deep, (maybe a lil too deep know what im sayin), I have felt far from him before, and I have also felt exactly where I need to be with him before.
I know this life is an on-going journey of continued life lessons, which includes that of Faith, but I have felt that at this point in my life, I got a pretty good grasp on what the Faith life is all about- and especially the Faith life that God created for Megi Lea Trahan Moseley, and what I (again, this is my belief), but what I believe HE is doing in rising up the world today. In not really “changing” what the Faith Life is all about, because truth is truth, but maybe changing the way we “teach” and portray what the Faith Life is all about, and what it really means, and even go as far as correct the myths and skewed perceptions. I believe there is a revolutionary shift. And this shift will bring people, in todays times, to seeing God and knowing God for what and who he really is, in a tangible, and real, authentic way.
And with that being said (for Ga Lee Jolly can we think of something else to come up with rather than the phrase “and with that being said” – let me know when yall do) – I still love my beers. I still accidently curse sometimes (I don’t desire to and I work on everyday stopping- and I WILL), and I sometimes just wanna watch reality facade television, or play on social media all day. Do I?!?!? Not always. Have I? I have. Do I believe it’s NOT healthy for me and can I feel the difference when I do compared to when I don’t? Absolutely. But (insert Hannah B’s cute friggin voice here)..JESUS STILL LOVES ME. And I know he does, because I knowhim. And my God is not a “punisher”… he is a LOVER. A full blown, intense, crazy amount, something beyond you can even fathom kind of lover. And so with that (also needs another line)- he wants ALL of us. He wants that Megi that likes to have a few cold beers after she mows her grass on Sunday’s (yes, my husband doesn’t ever wanna let me but yes I enjoy the crap out of mowing- therapeutic ya earddd).. He wants that Megi that probably, no not probably, does have an unhealthy obsession with reality tv, and he wants that Megi that slips up with cursing sometimes. And y’all wanna know why he wants all of that Megi? Because HE, himself, makes those part of Megi that are weak, pure. And THAT, my friends… is what the Faith Life is all about!
I think as a culture we might have a mis-perceived notion of what God is, what he does, what he wants, and just what the Faith Life is all about. We have been taught that you go to Mass on Sunday- and you try to remember how to be a good person on Sunday, but by the time Monday or Tuesday comes, and your co-workers are hard to deal with, and you and your husband got in an argument, and you have so much overwhelming LIFE on your plate, that all Heaven breaks loose and now we are back forgetting everything we learned in Mass on Sunday and just being exactly the Megi we want to be, because its “easier”. The beer drinking Megi (because it’s been a long couple days, the let me turn off my brain to watch reality tv Megi, because it’s “hard” being “perfect”, the cursing Megi, because, well frankly, it just feels good to let it out. Can I share a secret with yall?
Psssstttt THIS is when we need to go to him MOST. This is when in your “own” strength you cannot do it, but in HIM, you can. This is when he is not here to “punish” you, he is here to LOVE you. And boy does my homeboy DELIGHT in us when we come to him in these times !!!!!
You see, before I encountered the true and LIVING God, and his LOVE for me, I thought like the culture did. I believed in God because, well, my Momma and Daddy told me to. It’s just the “right” thing to do. I went to church on Sunday’s (check that off the box when I get to Heaven, God). And I tried my hardest to be a “good” person… but a “good” person to me, was being nice to people (lolllzzzz).
-I still was racist.
-I still was prideful.
-I still knew that I struggled with things inside my heart, but as long as I was going to church on Sunday’s and being “nice” to people- I was okay.
-I still judged, and I still truthfully thought my ways, and my town, or state, or country for that matter were right and lived the way we as humans are supposed to live, and other people that were living differently than ME, were weird.
-I still drank every weekend not with the intent to socialize and hang out with friends- but to get hammered and I guess to just “feel free” for one night.
So, did I really believe in him? Did I really know him?
Or was I “believing” because I’m telling myself I believe. And did I really know HIM, or did I know the “idea” of him.
The Faith Life is not “saying” you believe in God. It’s “knowing” you believe in God. It’s letting him change your heart from the inside out. It’s letting him live INSIDE of you and having a friend in Jesus. It’s re-programming your mind to think like him. To see like him. To love like him. To have faith like him.
It’s not seeing race, or color, and stereotyping them. It’s loving them (the way Jesus does). It’s not sinning everyday and having weaknesses but never looking within because you can go to church on Sunday and you “okay”- it’s doing “inner work” to fix these struggles, or weaknesses, or temptations- whatever your sin may be (the way Jesus does). It’s not judging, or seeing people that may be or live a little “different” than you as weird or a wrong way of living- but it’s loving them, seeing what you can learn from them, and knowing it’s the simple fact that it’s not right, or wrong, it’s simply DIFFERENT than you and that’s what makes the world go round (the way Jesus does). And it’s not drinking every weekend to get hammered to forget about life for a little while- it’s having a few beers with some friends to talk about life and kids and have heart filled conversations to take the load off of maybe a little stressful week (the way Jesus does- wellll, we might be pushing it here- but yall get my drift).
It’s not about what you do in life. It’s about what is the intention that’s behind it that really matters.
God is a LIVING God who is still EVERYWHERE and he wants you to have a real and personal relationship with him not to punish you, or tell you how to live, but because he LOVES you, and he wants YOU to be the best person you could possibly be and enjoy life to the fullest. He works in collobaration WITH you, to work through your sin, to see like him, to love like him, to act like him, which in turn brings YOU your absolute best, most authentic self, which ultimately makes YOU the happiest. It’s all for you my dear friends, Period. This is how much he loves you. This is what God is. This is what he does. This is what he wants. And this, is what the Faith Life is all about.
WAY TOO MUCH LOVE FOR YALL, and this is why I write
John 10:10B “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”