Last night, I finally became a member of Tim’s church. It is one of the best decisions I have made.
Being raised Catholic, I had a certain set of beliefs and a heck of a lot of ritual ingrained into my being. Over the years, for a variety of reasons, I still believed, but drifted from my Catholic roots. I am so thankful for Tim, and his family, to bringing me back to a strong Christian faith.
My intentions at the start were not the purest. I agreed to join the church so that if we have a family, we would be in one church. I liked the idea of attending church with my in laws and any future little ones doing the same. In the beginning, I was joining the church for superficial reasons.
But now, I’m a believer.
I believed before, but my knowledge of my salvation through God’s Word and Him giving his only son for the redemption of our sins has deepened and strengthened any superficial faith I had had before.
I am so thankful for what I have now. At first, I grumbled about my 15 week Bible class, thinking- do I really need this? But, honestly, I did. I learned so much about Scripture, the teachings of the Lutheran church, and mostly myself. I struggled through letting go of the traditions and rituals that I was taught and raised with and believed. Could I really let that go? What is the most important? Am I doing the right thing? I found my answers by listening to the Word, and following my heart.
I have grown so much in the past few months in my faith. I am looking forward to being a steward of the church, and strengthening and deepening my faith and understanding. I’m glad I didn’t make the decision easily, and I am glad that I have grown in my faith and beliefs, and mostly, I am proud to call myself a member of the church.