A letter to yourself on the days when being a Christ follower is really hard…
Dear New Self,
Let me just start by saying that you’re doing a great job.
If you’re reading this then you’ve made a choice.
“..when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
You’ve decided to put on the new self and make a change for the better.
“I have decided.”
Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Making the decision to follow Christ can look pretty glamorous from the outside.
And while I know it’s exciting, I want you to know that the path you’ve chosen isn’t the easy one.
Yes, the reward of throwing out your old self and becoming new is better than I could every even being to explain…
But I am here to tell you that your journey is going to hard.
You will be criticized.
People will question if your transformation is genuine.
People will mock the scripture you use on your Instagram captions.
People will question why you gave up the lifestyle you had and chose the path that you did.
But listen…DO NOT..
DO NOT let what other people say get you down.
Don’t you dare do it.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?”
This is your special journey and it’s unique to only you.
It’s not for everyone else to understand.
Trust God and seek His voice in everything you do.
I promise, it’s going to be worth it.
Making decisions that honor and glorify God will lead you down a path that you’ll never regret having been down.
But even after that…
You will make mistakes.
You will slip up.
You will fall short.
And when you do, it’s important to remember that you are not perfect.
No one is perfect.
There will be days that the enemy will do everything in his power to attack you.
There will be days that you will feel like you’ve dug yourself into a hole too deep to get out of.
There will be days that the world will get the best of you.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning.”
When you made this choice, you also chose to accept Gods grace.
And you can never out sin God’s grace.
Grace upon grace upon grace.
But even after that…
And this is a tough one.
You will feel like you’re missing out.
There will be nights and weekends that your friends are doing things that you know you shouldn’t.
And even though you know you shouldn’t, you won’t be able to help but feel like you’re missing out.
You’ll stalk their fun on Snapchat and Instagram.
You’ll feel like a loser.
You’ll cry yourself to sleep.
I want you listen to me and know that you are missing out on nothing.
As you know, change is hard.
And your friends might not totally understand why you’re changing. But this is the exciting part.
It’s your job to show them.
Don’t abandon your friends just because your lifestyle is different. Remember, Jesus was a friend of sinners. And you should be too.
Be a light.
Pour into them.
And I can promise you..
You will be ok.
I mean it.
You’re doing a great job.
Your journey will be long and it will never really be over.
Your battles will start again every single day.
And every morning, you’ll have to make a choice.
You can choose to go back to your old ways.
Or you can accept Gods grace and move forward as a new person.
An entirely new you.
And as I’m sure you’ve heard a million times before…
This road is not going to be easy.
There will be times that you will question your decision.
There will be long nights, lots of tears, and days when you’re not sure if you’ll ever make it though.
But no matter how scary the road ahead may be, I promise the destination will be worth it.
God loves you endlessly.
No matter what.
And there’s nothing you can do to change that.
He is holding you in the palm of His hand and He’s not going anywhere, anytime soon.
You’re growing and changing into an amazing person with the most beautiful heart.
“It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”
Throw out your old self and choose the new one day after day.
And if you can just do that..I can promise you this…
You’re going to be ok.
You are ok.
And you’re so much more than that.
You are chosen.
You are free.
You are forgiven.
You are loved.
You are enough.
And you’re doing a great job.
It can only go up from here.