i was raised in a Christian home. i was the typical “Born Again Christian” who was saved at a very young age because i was told it was a good thing to do. yes, i was a Christian from the get go, a foundation that I can truly be proud of. but i realized that my personal relationship with God had plateaued once i got older. i spoke to him only when he was needed. i guess i learned that “he’s only a prayer a way” at a very early age. so, i took him for granted and i stopped growing spiritually. it wasn’t until two years ago (2010/11) that i finally decided to appreciate life even more than i used to - INHALING the essence of the simplest things, nature, a lady bug landing on my arm, even the ability to walk, answered prayers …these things would not exist if i wasn’t so blessed. no matter the ups and downs of life… i am still so blessed. yes, he’s always there, but why am i not giving him all the glory that he needs and deserves? that is when i decided to put back the pep into my spiritual steps. i started to apply what i learned from church to my everyday life, giving back and paying it forward, and really dig into and decipher the meaning of each worship song that moved me. i started to limit my asking/speaking and started giving him my thanks and listening to him more… it was his turn to talk and it was my turn to walk.
aside from keeping Sunday holy, i was also taught that Sundays are when you should look your best. one’s church outfit does not need to be designer… Jesus doesn’t care for that, heck… he doesn’t care if you only had plastic bags as clothing, he’ll take you as you are! i remember as a kid i used to LOVE wearing my favorite Batman shirt to church just because i thought it was cool and felt cool in it. but now as a young man if i can afford to be presentable for someone special or an important event, then dressing up for God just makes sense. i want to look and feel my best for someone who has done marvelous things in my life.
Me in a nutshell:
Philippians 3:12-21 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, friends, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
with that said… i’m not here to preach. i’m not in the position to. you might catch some curse words here and there, a dance party i went to after church, and other ungodly things i should not be doing. but remember… i am not perfect and only HE knows what’s in my heart. i CAN however… try my hardest to share the love that God has given me the best way i know. HE has given me the gift of so many art forms, the ability to love the simplest things in life, to be artistic, empathetic, and sympathetic as Luke. i can finally say that i found my calling to glorify not my name… but HIS. …and this blog is just a start.
don’t worry… i’m not the type to hold picket signs and scream at you “REPENT!!!” haha. no, that is not my steez. …my job is to share what makes me love HIM so.
hope you join me on this journey :j