I'm a different me than I was 6 years ago when we first attended LifePoint. Some of you know that. Some of you saw me sitting in the balcony, coming straight in and to my seat. Not interacting with anyone if I could help it.
That all changed 5 years ago this week at C3. Matter of fact it was 5 years to this day that I woke up with a new heart.
It was a great start and it took some time to shake some of the things I was indoctrinated in from my one time denomination.
It took a while to go from legalism to "lovelism"
To realize the difference between my pet issues and salvation issues when it comes to other people.
No, the me you met those years ago is gone now.
What is amazing is the me you met a month ago is gone too.
Sure its not as noticeable as a complete flip but its there.
Everyday I read and I pray and I grow and if I've done my job then the me that goes to bed each night is different from the me that wakes up every morning.
This walk isn't a quick one I've found. It's not about feelings. It's about change. It's all about change.
Jesus accepted me exactly as I was and he loved me. He would have loved me just the same had I not changed. However in the light of His grace how could I not? How could I continue in ways that grant his ways? In ways that would make him sad or disappointed in me. So I changed.
These changes aren't always visible. Like a boiled egg looks the same as a fresh egg, on the outside. On the inside though it has changed. It's not a gushy mess anymore able to go this way and that. The very heart of it has been shaped and solidified. Still soft enough to be molded but firm enough to stand alone if the shell is broke.
I hope you are growing. In this year as a church that we are looking to grow "Stronger".
I hope you have found a mentor.
If no one has asked you to be theirs yet then I pray you go seek out someone to mentor. Find someone to grow from the things God has taught you.
It has been an amazing 5 years.
Thank you for your love and support and as always
thanks for reading.