So I've got this friend, we'll call him Bob. Anyways Bob doesn't normally go to church with the rest of his family. And for the longest time I have been meaning to ask Bob why he doesn't go to church because I think that church is really important. I also saw it as an opportunity to share my faith, especially since I felt like God was telling me to ask Bob about church. Well, I never asked him. I never felt comfortable asking him. I was afraid of being rejected for various reasons. And here in the last week or so I have really wished I asked because he said that he didn't believe in God.
Hearing this news devastated me. It also made me really mad at myself for not bringing up the conversation earlier. I kept asking why I didn't have the guts to ask about church. Why I couldn't ask about God? I also came up with words to call myself: coward, slacker, and more words along the same line. In the moment I was told Bob did not believe, I knew I was supposed to bring up the conversation earlier. Yet, I stayed in my comfort zone. I didn't take that chance of rejection because I didn't want to be rejected. No one wants to be rejected.
And I tell you this because...Even if you don't believe in God, you believe in something. Atheists believe that there is no God. Hindus believe in many gods. And to believe in something you have to have a certain faith in that belief. The amount of faith varies though. The only way to strengthen faith is for you to be tested. And to do this you have to step out of your comfort zone. Faith isn't about being comfy and cozy. Faith is about standing up for what you believe in. It's about staying strong and not compromising your beliefs because of peer pressure or fear of rejection. I keep myself from saying I'm comfortable in my faith or religion because faith is not about comfort zones. It has nothing to do with them. And I let my faith in God slide here because of my fear of rejection. I was afraid that God was not going to be able to play it out perfectly so that I wouldn't be rejected. But knowing this now and having read a helpful Bible verse the other day, helped me strengthen my faith in God.
(In case you were wondering, that bible verse I read was 2 chronicles 25:9, "The man of God replied, 'The Lord is able to give you much more than this!'")
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