“What if at the end of your life you discovered that none of it was real? Everything you stood for was just make-believe?”

Whoa.

Not a question I expected to receive. Certainly not right in the middle of Christmas!

Friend, if you’re also a follower of Christ and have wondered the same thing, please know that you’re not a “bad Christian” and it’s OK. In fact, I think these questions are worth wrestling with and as we answer for ourselves they help us unveil what it is we truly believe, free of outside influences.

“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” – Hebrews 11:1 

I am sure of what I hope for and certain of what I cannot see, BUT I am also a human being living with 7 billion other humans in a world full of sin. It would be a lie if I told you I didn’t go through seasons of doubt and skepticism.

I could tell you that my God is real and mighty and present. I could give you a thousand reasons or examples to “prove it” and still, some may write me off as a kook or call them all coincidences. I believe because I feel His love, His power, His perfect peace – yes, even in this dark world, I believe. I believe because I’ve tried denying His existence only to have my life touched by Him in an undeniable way.

Even if everything I stood for ended up being a complete masquerade, well you know what? I’d STILL be glad that I believed and that I chose to live my life as a Christ follower.

Why?

Because it made me a better person during my time here on earth.

He challenged me.

He made me less selfish.

He taught me grace.

He offered hope.

He exemplified love.

He gave me a choice to turn away from sin.

He gave me life.

Thank you, Jesus, for being our example & light of the world.

Bluntly and honestly,
Manda

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