Life Besides the "No Filter Sunset"

Instagram has been used in the last few years as a way to share photos with your friends and the public by using a thing called “hashtag”. This allows you to see other photos that have used that as well. You can imagine the typical images that are uploaded each day of a “No-Filter Sunset”. I personally love the idea of how far you can go to push the limits while trying to find a great photo. With a drive and the right material, you can find it! Isn’t it like that with a relationship with Christ? We love this typical image of God but we miss out on so much! In my own relationship with Christ, I starting having to deal with a lot of change with people that were going away. After they left and went on with a new/different life, it was hard for me to understand why it had happened. I got comfortable relying on my church and didn’t realize that things were going to change. During my sophomore year I truly discovered the beauty of quiet time. It has changed my life drastically and has allowed me to get to know who My Father is. Talking with Him has allowed me to see a different view on relationships with Christ, and see how much we don’t need to get comfortable with just one thing. Because even though that change is completely irritating at the time, I realize how much I rely on Jesus more now and how much easier that process is. We put a filter on an typical image we have to make it appear different even though it’s not. Just like that, we put an image of what it is to be like in a relationship with Christ and how different it can appear. Which, don’t get me wrong, is great but we have to realize that God did not make us to be comfortable with ourselves. Or that he made a finish line for every person who got saved. Instead, it is a starting line to Him.

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” -Philippians 2:12

I just love this idea of God testing you and how you respond to things. He does not abandon us, but tests us on how we respond to a certain situation. 

So friends, I pray that as Christ followers, we continue to step out of our comfort zones and explore more on what God has to show us! I love getting to blog out my experiences, questions, and concerns out and share with you how much God truly does love. In this, I’m just a creation trying to live for The Creator.

                                                                                               -Ryne

 

The Idea of Change

Change, it is something that can be viewed as good or bad but it is definitely something I can see all of us struggling with. As my first post I want to talk about this because it is something that has been a huge deal in my life right now. People have been coming, people have been going, and more things have been testing me and how I respond to it. In life, I feel like we go through certain changes that are more external but as we get older we start to get tests by God that shape us on the inside depending on how we respond. Right now I feel like that is where I am placed. I have been trying in these last years as a follower of Christ to lead, grow, and to reach out to others. As the time has been going by, that feeling has become stronger and eventually into something that is now an aching passion that has been shown by Christ. At the end of my freshmen year and at the beginning of my sophomore year I started to feel lead to Ministry. And just like gasoline is put on a fire to make it much larger, I have felt God put gasoline into my fiery passion for serving him.  

 “Their hearts are like an oven; they approach him with intrigue. Their passion smolders all night; in the morning it blazes like a flaming fire.” -Hosea 7:6 

This stood out to me as what The Lord wants for me, and it all depends on how I respond to it. I feel God changing how I see things, and how I handle situations. As this has been happening, I feel God preparing me for something big. So guys, my motto in this is to be a creation made to live for The Creator no matter where God takes me and what change is to come. We need to be glad for change because God’s plan is much better than our own. I hope you all know how much he loves you and how change to him is a growing opportunity. 

                                                       -Ryne