Good morning, New Women. Your responses to Tuesday's post made me realize how far you've come. BULLETSOUL, for example, has been through so much in recent times, more than anybody, much less a teenage girl, should have to handle. And yet look at where she is now:
"I honestly love spending time with God. Sometimes I don't talk much or sometimes I get distracted but I spend time with him every night before bed and in the morning if I can. ... Honestly, I'm kind of in a different place. Me and my family have disciplined ourselves for years, working as hard as we can and my mom and I have both come to an agreement that since we're finally where we want to be, we will do whats required of us and no more for the next couple months. I feel like we're making up for the past 6 years where we didnt have time to be tired. It feels good to be able to just get our own work done and thats all we have to do. We have been through so much ... and I'm gonna appreciate this time in my life!"
BULLETSOUL, like so many of you, is living her faith, and that's what our "The Whole Christian Thing" project is about. As we create this e-book together, we're figuring out HOW to live that faith in REAL ways -- ways that go beyond just going to church and youth group -- and praying before a test -- and not cussing.
That leads us to the next thing we have to deal with if we're really going to live a Jesus-life -- "If I'm really living this out, that's going to make me different from other people in a lot of ways, and what worse time in my life to feel like, well, a freak. So, do I HAVE to be a freak to be a Christian?"
Since I'm going to be out of town all next week and you won't have new posts, I think this would be a great space for you to think about, share in comments and even respond to each other on:
* What keeps you from talking about or openly living your faith?
* How do people -- especially those your age -- respond when you try to share Christianity or make a choice that is clearly based on your beliefs?
* When do you back down for fear of being thought of as "Churchy" or "A Jesus Freak"?
* Or do you have this thing handled? If so, what do you do or not do that makes it easier -- or just possible- to be true to God no matter what?
This is a touchy subject because it may require you to own up to some things you aren't particularly proud of. Just remember that (a) you can trust this community and (b) we're all in this together, so honesty is essential if we're going to help each other AND the people who will read our book.
In the meantime, have a blessed Thanksgiving. I'm definitely deeply grateful for all of you.