On July 6, 2000 I made a decision to give this God thing an honest try and accepted Him in my life. That was fifteen years ago, and now I can say that living for God and allowing Him to lead me through all the highs and lows of this life is by far the wisest and most challenging quest I believe one can partake in. But for what reason was I making this decision? The answer to this is simplistic and yet profound, “who am I?” At the ripe age of thirteen I had lived enough life to know that I did not know who I was or for that matter where to start becoming who I thought I wanted to be.
I do not take for granted and am eternally grateful for the influential individuals in my life who, like a compass, gracefully pointed me in a direction that mirrored a path that I wanted and needed to travel down. And that path led to Christ. These people displayed characteristics that I desired to emulate in my own life as I became my own. Love, joy, peace, patience and self-control were some of the things displayed to me that painted a picture of a life that I was drawn towards. My pursuit was to find God. I once read that “finding God is an acceptance of a process that is out of my control” because it is a journey. He will meet with me and guide me, but to know Him in His fullness will take the rest of my life and then some. But this was my prize.
With that goal in mind, I now faced all the challenges of becoming who I wished to be. These challenges consisted of choices and friends, attitudes and mindsets. All of which had to change if I was to attain this goal. As I invested deeper into my relationship with God, my trust and understanding of who He has called me to be also grew deeper. I was realizing that I was not wandering or aimlessly running. I was taking a set of steps, each leading ever deeper into my true self. But herein lies the journey. I am constantly bombarded with other options and choices, often that lead down another path not designed for me or leading where I desire to go. But this road is smooth, and the path is wide. This path promises success and self-gratification while requiring little faith to travel down it. These are lies. The promises of success are momentary and false, and the wide path leads to isolation coupled with regret.
But this is when God shines. Being the gentlemen He is, He will allow me to do as I choose, but not without first reminding me of who I really am and who I was created to be. This is my saving grace, my realigning moment on a long and narrow journey.
So as you read this, be encouraged that there is a God who watches over you, cares for you, and has a plan for you. You belong to Him, and He will show you the way. And when, not if, you stumble or fall, remember who you are and whose you are. The only failure is not pursuing the path. Everything else is a success.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
Written By: Austin Pierceson