Originally when I started this blog, I thought it would be a fun place to share my recipes, photos, and natural living tips. I didn’t really plan on writing posts about Christianity or my faith, but I guess this is just a place for me to share a little bit of everything in my life. 🙂
When I’m by myself on a quiet day my mind tends to wander. The other day while my mind was wandering I got to thinking about Christians, and specifically what it looks like to be a Christian. I think if we were to be honest, most people have in their mind, an idea of what the “ideal Christian” looks like. That person that just seems to have it all together. Maybe its that facebook friend who’s always posting encouraging scripture verses on her page.. Maybe its your sweet old grandmother who went to church faithfully every day and quietly read her Bible every night before bed.. Maybe its that person you know who’s always talking about God in every conversation, or the person who always gets really into the praise and worship at church.. Maybe its your pastor or youth pastor or some famous Christian leader.. Maybe its a missionary who’s actually out ministering to people and doing good everyday. Whoever it is, I’m sure we all have people we kind of look up to and put on this pedestal of “amazing Christian person that must really have it all together” as well as the idea of how we are supposed to talk or act to fit in with this ideal type of person.
I think sometimes we, as Christians, find ourselves thinking about people like this and comparing ourselves to others and how they express their faith. We think about our shortcomings. We think that our expression of faith is somehow inferior because it doesn’t look like someone else’s. We forget to realize that God created us all very differently. We all have different personalities, different talents, and different callings. I was reminded this week that we are not supposed to try and become more like other Christians, but more like Christ. (This seems like a duh moment. Haha but it really clicked for me.) Christians are messed up people, just like everyone else. Christians will let you down and always fall short, because we’re all human. There are no ideal Christians, and no people we should strive to live up to or become like. Only Christ! He loves and appreciates us exactly where we are and how we are. He also takes pleasure in every expression of faith and worship, no matter how big or small, loud or quiet.
Well, that was it! Short and sweet…I just felt like I should share my thoughts. If you’ve ever felt like you don’t quite measure up to your idea of that “ideal Christian person” maybe it’ll be a great reminder for you too that that doesn’t exist, and becoming more like Christ should always be our ultimate goal, and that looks different for everyone. 🙂