Good Morning Ya’ll,
Let’s talk about Faith baby- (I feel I should break out in song)
I grew up in a prominent Roman Catholic town in upstate New York, right in the heart of the Finger Lakes. You learn to either embrace Catholicism or shy away. The house I grew up in was right across the street from a Catholic School (that is now closed) called St Pats and around the corner was the biggest Catholic Church in the area. Growing up I saw a lot of diversity in people and their understanding of what being a Catholic meant. For instance, Sunday Christians.
Those Christians showed up on Sunday thinking wearing their “Sunday Best” will suffice to make it to the afterlife. They thought that dressing well, showing up at Church, and doing good deeds gets them “in.” When I was younger I noticed Sunday Christians were most of the population that attended Church in my area and it was a main source of me being turned off by the Catholic Church and the people that attended it. As the years went by, I suppose you could say I was an Atheist. I knew there was something out there but didn’t necessarily believe in God. The Bible and God can’t be real if this is all it took, at least that’s what my judgmental heart felt. Without realizing it until much later in my life, and like many of the people around the world, I lacked FAITH.
Last year I got back from my last active duty Army deployment to find out my significant other didn’t want to be together anymore. Man, that was a hard pill to swallow. I thought at that time our relationship was it for me. We have a child together (she was one at the time) and marriage, the white picket fence, a couple kids, dog, all seemed so guaranteed. Emotionally and mentally I went through some of the toughest times I have ever been through. I started drinking every day and I was in some trouble with the law (thankfully nothing came of it). It took hitting rock bottom to know I was missing something. God has a sense of humor because he likes to work with people who have hit rock bottom to bring them back up to the Christian men or women they should be. When I started seeking Him, He came through a messenger, Erik, who is good friend of mine. As depicted in John “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16” I knew was time for me to give up some stuff and begin to sacrifice some things to surrender to the Lord.
Last year I was saved. At that moment “I” decided that I wanted to have a covenant with God rather than a contract. To become a leader of faith in my family, to my friends, in my church, in my business(s), and anyone I may come in contact with.
Have Faith whether you can physically see or touch something. Believe with every bone in your body. Passion= POWER