Bad Press, Hot Mess Express!

Did you hear a train whis¬≠tle after you read that title? I sure did! Choo Choooo! ūüėÜ

I came to know about Jesus at a very young age. At around 8, one doesn‚Äôt under¬≠stand pol¬≠i¬≠tics or the nature of peo¬≠ple. It is more of an inno¬≠cent time where one sees things more as they are and less of the extra that adult¬≠hood can some¬≠times put on things and con¬≠cepts. I didn‚Äôt begin to study the bible until my mid 20s and I wasn‚Äôt a reg¬≠u¬≠lar atten¬≠der of church until around my ear¬≠ly 30s. What is inter¬≠est¬≠ing is that the more I got around ‚Äúspir¬≠i¬≠tu¬≠al‚ÄĚ peo¬≠ple, the more dif¬≠fi¬≠cult and mud¬≠dled things attempt¬≠ed to become. What I under¬≠stood at 8 up until my mid 20s was sim¬≠ple. I had a per¬≠son¬≠al rela¬≠tion¬≠ship with God through Jesus and He was always help¬≠ing me. Help¬≠ing me do the impos¬≠si¬≠ble, help¬≠ing me through a dif¬≠fi¬≠cult child¬≠hood and help¬≠ing me nav¬≠i¬≠gate my inno¬≠cence as a new adult in a world full of noise and sug¬≠ges¬≠tions. For exam¬≠ple, how did I end up tak¬≠ing  break from col¬≠lege, liv¬≠ing in Berlin with no job, not know¬≠ing where I would stay or any¬≠one in the area and a week lat¬≠er, find that I had a flat, a job and a new friend who was like fam¬≠i¬≠ly? And my orig¬≠i¬≠nal plan was to go to France! I have found myself in a vari¬≠ety of sit¬≠u¬≠a¬≠tions, many of them a mess. What‚Äôs amaz¬≠ing is that I nev¬≠er felt judge¬≠ment or con¬≠dem¬≠na¬≠tion from God. Nev¬≠er. If you would like to know the var¬≠i¬≠ous adven¬≠tures and mis¬≠ad¬≠ven¬≠tures, let me know, it gets pret¬≠ty seedy. Con¬≠trary to pop¬≠u¬≠lar opin¬≠ion know¬≠ing God doesn‚Äôt mean I am per¬≠fect or that I don‚Äôt and can‚Äôt par¬≠ty, cel¬≠e¬≠brate and have a blast, it‚Äôs actu¬≠al¬≠ly the exact oppo¬≠site. I‚Äôm def¬≠i¬≠nite¬≠ly on the hot mess express, cel¬≠e¬≠brat¬≠ing joys along the way and look¬≠ing for my stop!

In each of these sit­u­a­tions, God was always there, remind­ing me He loved me and that He had bet­ter planned for me. He always blessed me and made me feel like His princess. This was the extent of my faith. Then I got more into social sit­u­a­tions where I spoke about my expe­ri­ences, I began to attend church and learn more about the bible. It was amaz­ing learn­ing about the bible and shar­ing my expe­ri­ences and crazy times. What was a sur­prise, was how many peo­ple had been hurt by their church­es and how many peo­ple had ideas about who God is based on hor­ror sto­ries involv­ing hyp­o­crit­i­cal peo­ple in their lives. Because my rela­tion­ship with God was very pri­vate for me at first, mean­ing my edu­ca­tion came direct­ly from God, I hadn’t expe­ri­enced anoth­er per­son with­in my faith yet. I got an ear and eye full of peo­ple upset and hurt at God. Angry at all the nasty and quite force­ful his­tor­i­cal back­ground of Chris­tian­i­ty. As it turns out Jesus has some bad press due to the actions of many who claimed to rep­re­sent Him and His ideas. What if some­one had the gift, abil­i­ty, and had been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate more truth­ful press around who Jesus is and what it is to be Team Jesus. Put your­self in His shoes. What if you had a bunch of peo­ple doing things you didn’t agree with and putting you on blast as the orig­i­na­tor and you weren’t phys­i­cal­ly present to refute the claims and blame? Most peo­ple would hire an advo­cate to speak for them, to set the record straight.

Just some¬≠thing to think about‚Ķ

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Bad Press, Hot Mess Express!