Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Recently I discovered that someone I had assumed was a believer, was, in fact, not. By believer, I mean believer in God. I was shocked by this revelation because this person is very, very active in church. I asked myself, "What is my responsibility here?" And I had no answer for myself. I think about it a lot because my family runs the gamut of belief from hellfire and brimstone to agnostic, but I have never had much success influencing anyone one way or another. If anyone has an answer feel free to enlighten me.

The fact that a person can turn from one belief to another fascinates and moves me. My own story is very anti-climatic. I always believed in God, which I attribute to my mom. My relationship with Jesus began at a later time but it was basically a move from a belief to a relationship. One of my brothers, on the other hand, had a very dramatic conversion. I once witnessed a guy become a believer while watching the northern lights. He may or may not have been drinking though, and I was only acquainted with him for that one summer so I'm not sure if that one stuck. It would have been nice if I'd been in a position to point him in a direction that would strengthen his faith, but I was seeking the very thing at that time. Now that I am in a position to do so I am very nearly as clueless as I was back then. I have ideas, but again, few results. So what is it that moves a person from non-belief to belief? I mean, I know it is the conviction of the Holy Spirit but I would love to know from people, what or who convinced them to listen. And what did that look like?


Shalee said...

I don't know Susan. My belief occurred much like yours.

Watching The Girl put on Christ, I know that she's a newbie. I can't say why, but I know that I'm not surprised at her response because it's what we've been teaching her - to accept who Jesus is and to believe what he's done. It doesn't take a huge, miraculous time to convert when all the encouragement, support and teachings are present.

I think the best we can do is to have our answer at the ready as to why we make the choice we do - why we believe and also to live our lives as proof of that belief. That's the harder part to the equation to me. But with God, all things are possible.

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