Once I had to impress others. No longer. As a follower of Jesus, I don’t want to impress, I only want to share impressive God-stories.
Once I wanted to change people’s ideas and lifestyles. No longer. As a follower of Jesus, I know I can’t change others, or myself — only Christ can.
Once I thought I had all the answers. No longer. As a follower of Jesus, I have more questions than answers. But I know Jesus. He answers gracefully when people call out to him.
Once I had everything under control, or thought I did. No longer. As a follower of Jesus, I surrender all control to him who is in charge.
Once I talked mostly about God. No longer. As a follower of Jesus, I talk more to God.
Once, people had to listen to me most of the time. No longer. As a follower of Jesus, I make more time to listen to others.
Once, I had to know as much as possible. No longer. As a follower of Jesus, I don’t need to know as much as I thought I did.
Once, I enjoyed receiving more than giving. No longer. Now I am a follower of Jesus, and I experience the joy of giving and sharing with people around me.
Once, the complexities of life fascinated me. No longer. Now I am a follower of Jesus. The new challenge is to discover the simplicities of life and the mysteries of the ordinary.
Once, nothing impressed me much. No longer. Now as a follower of Jesus I see beauty everywhere. Every person that I meet is a living work of art.
Once, my life was rational, planned, and well-controlled. No longer. Now as a follower of Jesus life is a daily novelty in the loving arms of God.
Once I saw UnChristians as human objects that I had to convert. No longer. Now I only have to follow in the footsteps of Christ and let him touch their lives with his kindness.
Once I was a loyal servant of a formal institution, called The Church. No longer. Now I see myself as part of a radical movement of Jesus followers across denominational boundaries that form the true body of Christ on earth. His church consists of living, breathing, walking, talking, worshiping people whose lives are constantly transformed by the presence of his Spirit.
Once I lived in two worlds simultaneously, the religious world of Sundays and the ‘real world’ out there during the rest of the week. No longer. Now I understand that there is no division between secular and sacred. Christ is present everywhere. His grace turns every day into a sacred day.
Once I thought I had to take Jesus to nameless objects, called people. No longer. Now I know that he is there already. I only have to facilitate relationships and conversations where strangers turn into friends and where Christ can touch people’s lives in his own gracious ways.