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.