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I don’t want you to have my faith.
I want you to have something better.
It’s not that mine is bad, deficient, or lackluster.
Mine is good, and getting better every day.
Each day it grows stronger, goes deeper, spreads wider, and draws me closer to God.
But this is my faith, and you deserve your own.
You deserve to discover what God has planned, made, and meticulously crafted just for you.
You should see what your faith is like,
For it can never be exactly like anyone else’s, nor should it be.
Your faith should fit you like well worn jeans, perfectly broken in shoes,
And hold you like the hollowed out space where you sleep in your bed.
Your faith should be the best it can be, as close to perfection as humanly possible.
I hope it is better than mine.
I do not want to you change your expectations to match my own,
Nor lose your sense of the awesomeness of God, because it doesn’t jive with mine.
I want you to expand your theology and grow your beliefs beyond my wildest dreams.
When I share my faith story and the conviction of my call to ministry,
I am not asking someone to adopt it, like a homeless puppy.
I am opening space for you to share yourself, your story, your faith with me.
And, if you don’t have something to share right now,
Then I will leave that space open for another time.
But do not settle for my faith or anyone else’s.
Pursue your faith, your God encounter, and personal experience with the Risen Christ,
So that your faith will be the manifestation of you and this mysterious, mighty Lord we share.
We are not judged on the comparison of our faith next to another,
But by our faith in God alone.
Faith is not about the latest edition and the flashiest model.
It is not about the one who opened your eyes to God,
But what you did when you realized that your eyes were opened.
So do not worry about what my faith looks like in comparison to yours,
Or anyone else’s for that matter.
Instead, ask yourself, “What does my faith look like in comparison to the incredible grace and love I have been offered?”
No matter what your answer, I hope it is better than mine,
Because you deserve the best, and God has chosen you.