When someone or something comes into your life and just changes the course of it forever, they will leave an indelible mark on who you are and the way you see things. This is what God has done for me personally when He came into my life nearly seventeen years ago. The more I have gotten to know God, the more He has changed me, and thus my life as well. Here are some ways He has done just that:
- He has worked in and through me to help me love people more.–As I have shared in previous posts, before God’s love took hold of my life, I was a very selfish and rigid person. As far as I can remember, as a young child, I don’t really recall me being very compassionate and caring of others. I did not understand why a lot of people refused to be friends with me. However, when God took hold of me, all that changed. Hearing stories about adults being abused as children and some of my peers getting bullied started to really bother and upset me, whereas before I didn’t care as much. God even showed me the pain some ex-churchgoers experienced as a result of being hurt by professing Christians in churches, and that caused me to help others as I had never done before. In this past year especially, God has really been teaching me how to live more and more for Him and others, and less for just myself. He is teaching me that I have to sacrifice my own conveniences and comforts for the benefit of others, especially if it would help them.
- God has revealed to me things that I need to change about myself and has given me the motivation to change.–The more God has taught me about Himself, life, and myself, the more I realize that I still have a long road ahead of me. This has given me the motivation to continually improve myself and strive for excellence in everything I do because if I thought there was nothing left to improve about myself, I would have little motivation to learn and become better. I don’t believe God reveals these things because He is tyrannical or wanting to smite us but for our own good, as to help us not to hinder our own relationships. This fact, coupled with the fact, that I believe He is merciful, has helped me want to change for the better.
- God’s love has brought me tremendous blessings and abundant joy.—The more I know of God’s love, the more I realize how blessed I am. Yes, things get very difficult for me sometimes, and yes I have been through some trials and struggles. However, I consider myself blessed. Before God’s love really started to shape and mold me, I had few friends. I felt alone and was lost. Now, God has blessed me with the type of support and love through Himself, other Christians, and other good friends of various faiths, that I had never thought existed! For the first time in my life, I felt understood and loved by people other than just my immediate family! He has also provided me with a good job in which I can do well. His love has given me the freedom to enjoy His natural and human creations. I now feel that I can better enjoy life without fear of being alone and abandoned, and I have the confidence and trust that He will always provide for me no matter what. His love has only proved that!
These are the major ways that God has changed my life. One of the pastors at my church taught that God’s love for us will never cease and will never go away. This is the confidence which I personally strive to live my life and share with others. How has God or a loved one’s love changed you? Please feel free to discuss in the comments.