Wednesday, June 6, 2012

SWAG

Last week Jon and I were talking with friends about how growing up, Christianity kind of had a "bad rep" with tweens and teens. Not that it was a bad thing, but it wasn't the coolest thing to be associated with. Yes I grew up going to Sunday school and church but I was not one of those jumping jacks for Jesus kiddos. This doesn't mean I wasn't a believer, but I definitely put many things before my duty as a child of God. And now that I am an adult, my perspective has changed.

My little brother is 10 years younger than me and at such an impressionable age. He is also a leader not only in his group of friends but in his grade and his school. And he has fully embraced his faith and wears it proudly. Jon and I are so proud of him.

We bought James this awesome shirt for his birthday...
shirt via jcluforever.com

You can be a Christian and have swag
 (case in point, we sang Creep by Radiohead at church a few weeks ago)

I have a feeling we will be seeing a sea of those shirts come the start of the school year. He has THAT kind of effect on people. And if you are so influential, why not wear the armor of God? This was something I thought about while reading Tim Tebow's book a couple of months ago during the Tebow craze. People ridicule him for attributing his successes to the glory of God. But he is doing exactly what the gospel asks..


And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." -Mark 16:15


What a wonderful platform Tim was given...to be not only a leader and positive role model for young athletes but to be a prophet for our Everlasting God. If only we were all that influential, right?

Someone told me a few weeks ago that they started their blog for themselves and are finishing it for God. And I have been praying on that very statement. I know this blog is a gift from the Lord. A challenge He continues to give me to spread His amazing love and share my heart. I pray that He helps grow my blog for the sole purpose of reaching the hearts of readers with His love, through my words. 

Jon and I have experienced so many "God things" lately that just fuel our motivation to become disciples of Christ. I know I can't change my past and the fact that I haven't always been committed to my faith but the present and the future are my big shot. 

Christianity is cool, y'all. 


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13 comments:

GingerPeachT said...

That is such a cool shirt!
Tim and I were just talking about how hard it's been living fully for Christ in this generation. He thinks it's always been this hard, but I think it's way harder now than 100 years ago. I mean the bible was taught in public schools for so long along with prayer and that is virtually gone now.
And about 95% of shows out there talk about sex and yet it's coming to the point of what are we to watch then? We just started watching how I met your mother and it's hilarious but it's always about the sex!
Sorry to ramble lol I just think its cool that there are some of us willing to take a stand for Christ. But it ain't easy.

Wendy said...

I love that your little brother is so confident in himself and his faith! What a great example for his friends and classmates ~ I hope you are right, that the sea of blue spreads because of him :)

Kristy said...

LOVE this post!! I totally know where you are coming from. I felt the exact same way in high school and college! I was a believer, but didnt put God first, and didn't wear it proudly because it was not the "cool" thing to do. I think about this A LOT with my kids!! I want them to be proud of their Faith and I hope that I can encourage that without being overbearing!!

Daisy said...

Agreed Ruthie! I saw this shirt on instagram and wanted it immediately!!!

Amanda said...

Awesome t-shirt! And I love how strong your faith is :) It's inspiring and motivation for everyone who reads here!

Alyssa said...

I totally agree with you! I never understood why people had to be so hateful to Tim Tebow. Maybe I'm being too sensitive but it kind of hurt my feelings to hear the things people were saying about him.

Marie said...

you hit the nail right on the head with this post. I'm in the middle of reading Katie Davis' book, "kisses from katie" and it's such a challenging book so be seeking daily what God wants you to do to help those in need and be a light to this dark world. Love the swag! :)

Claire-Christine said...

James is such a cutie :-) I love that shirt. Great post! Although I haven't always been a Jesus-freak (LOL) either and definitely swayed during the college/high school years, I have to say I never lost sight of the MESSAGE that God sends to his children. I think even if we don't proclaim it for all too see, it's what lies within our hearts that truly matters :-) Lovin' your post today!
XO

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

Your little brother is too cute.

Liz Brown said...

I too struggled with not being 'cool' enough. I'm finally coming to the conclusion that ... it doesn't matter. I think its super neat when Christians can have a platform and be admired and everything, but for me, 'cool' just can't be an issue. Ya know? Its something that I personally have to die to.

My perspective :) Everyone's lessons are different.

... I'm curious ... why Creep in church??

newyorkdork said...

Your posts really touch me. It has been such a hard year for me and I have found myself losing faith. Thank you for having the courage to share your life and faith here. You have given some of mine back to me. Today I heard one of my favorite inspirational songs (Ten Thousand Angels Cried) and I was able to, for the first time in a year, feel like maybe I wasn't alone.

angie on maui said...

Someone told me a few weeks ago that they started their blog for themselves and are finishing it for God.

I remember you referencing that statement in one of your comments on my blog recently and it is something that has been weighing on my heart lately!

I love this post of yours and hope you know that your words ARE reaching the hearts of your readers...mine, included!

xo

Krista said...

Your brother sounds like a wonderful person!

I found the jclu site from your post and just love it! I really want to get one of their t-shirts soon. It has been on my heart lately that I really need to start sharing the depth of my faith with EVERYONE and not just other believers. These shirts look like they could be some awesome conversation starters :)

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