Tuesday, August 30, 2011
What does being a Christian really mean to you?
So, here I am, a woman who has personally loved My Lord as long as I can remember, asking myself this same question.
Is it just about the Christian lifestyle I have known all my life?
Is it about all the blessings God has poured out on me over all these many years? A loving mother and father – even though my Dad died when I was sixteen? A wonderful marriage and family of my own? Years of personal fulfilment in my nursing career – and now this writing career?
Is it all the joy, peace, blessings God has – and still is –pouring out for me to enjoy? Sure, there have been times of trial, times of anger, times of tears, times of trembling in concern, but I find myself thinking of all the things I have been given.
Is this what being a Christian really means to me? God’s blessings, His gifts?
And as I dwell on all I have been given to enjoy, my mind fills with the remembrance of that new Christian’s beaming face as he told us he was still working through all this. I know what being a Christian was delivering him from - a family life and circumstances so very, very different from my own story. You see his face shone as he added rather self-consciously that he was learning it was all about simply “fixing his eyes on Jesus.”
As my hair becomes greyer, as my strength becomes weaker with age, as I take longer and longer to do things I want and need to do, as I try to write that next manuscript, all that really matters is that I moment by moment “fix my eyes on Jesus.” The writer of Hebrews 12: 1,2 reminds us to “run the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith...”
This race through life can take unexpected twists and turns. In all of life there will always be the mountains to climb, the pleasant as well as the shadowy valleys to journey through. How much more so this seems to be true for writers!
The times I take my eyes from Him, they so quickly become blurred by things of this world. They may even be very pleasant things, not even wrong necessarily in God’s eyes, but if they are not where Jesus is and where He wants me to be at that time and in that place, they will take me away from my intimate, loving fellowship with Him.
So, time for a reality check. What does being a Christian – and especially a Christian writer - mean to you?
Mary Hawkins is a best-selling inspirational romance author. A Queensland farmer’s daughter, she became a registered nurse before going to Bible College. She and her minister husband have three adult children and five grandchildren, enjoyed over 46 years of ministry including church planting in Australia, two years in England, three short term mission trips to Africa and now live in Tasmania, Australia's island state. Her 19th title, Justice at Baragula was released May, 2011
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