Everyone has to start somewhere. Before high school, there’s middle school and that awkward development phase where no one likes his yearbook picture (even the ones that aren’t half bad). By senior high, the yearbook pictures look more polished (hopefully), and after graduation, you want to take on the world.
Then, it’s day one of college. You’re a freshman. Again. You don’t know anyone; your roommate has weird sleeping habits; and you can’t wait for the day you’re on your own and have your own place.
Wish granted. There’s the job – and you’re all thumbs during training. After a few weeks or months, you’re more confident. Or there’s the relationship, and you’re so nervous about investing in someone, perhaps after getting burned before. You just want a happily ever after.
Before’s and after’s. Life is full of them. You can’t have a pleasing after without a less-than-perfect before.
I can’t help but see a small parallel to our Christian lives. On our own, we’re a mess. Our initial attempts are painful. We don’t know what we’re doing. We need someone to come along side us and show us a better way.
In terms of our faith, there’s only One Way.
As Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV).
Accept the way of the cross, the invitation of Christ’s salvation, and you’ll never be the same again.
Here are just a few examples:
Yes, when we invite Christ into our lives, He transforms us into something beautiful. There’s no comparing the before and after.