Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Purpose Driven Life

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

I read the The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren just this summer, and it changed and strengthened my relationship with God. I am a nondenominational Christian, and was just baptized in October, because I'm not afraid to admit my faith anymore. Why? Because after all that I've been through, after all the love I have been surrounded with, how could I not? There is a wide misconception that Christians scoff on those who don't follow the "Christian way" or have a belief other than Christianity, but that is missing the point of Christ's message: "Love thy neighbor."
       Love is the key to bringing the world together. That sounds cliché, but it's the cliché truth. Without love, what are we? Living a life alone? Living a bitter, hopeless, and dark life.. Miserable. Sometimes we try to hide from love because we believe it is love that caused us heartbreak, but love never is the cause of heartbreak--sin is. The only "crime" love is guilty of is healing us after heartbreak, and guess where this love comes from? God. 
Man, I cannot emphasize enough how much God loves. He's constantly with me, even when I questioned him, rebelled against him, and even didn't believe in him. Somehow, I'm still alive, and somehow, I am blessed with this life that I never imagined myself to have after losing my family in a single night. 
So here's my message to you tonight:if  you don't believe in God, believe in love, because it is the most powerful thing in this entire world. Everything good you see is somehow traced back to an act of love. Think about it. 
And if you're questioning your faith, your purpose, or whether or not you even believe in God, I highly recommend The Purpose Drive Life by Rick Warren.
Best wishes. 

Love, 

Alena  

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