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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Where Did it all begin?

Where did your journey begin. What was it that inspired your journey, your faith & your walk with Christ?

Sometimes I think we can get so wrapped up in the present and where we are now that we lose track of where we've been and the lessons we have learned along the way.

I've been thinking lately about when and where my Christian journey truly began. 

I have been on the Christian journey for some time now. I find myself as a full member in my local Salvation Army Corps. I find happiness and fulfillment there, safe in the knowledge that although things may not always be easy, I'm where I truly believe God wants me. And on the path He wants me to take. I always find myself drawn back in thought and in my heart to the church in the picture above...Aldermans Green Methodist Church in Coventry, UK

I attended this church during a very difficult and confusing time in my life, full of heartache and upheaval. This church showed me stability and opened my eyes to a wider world and a God who after many years I would come to know for myself. I was difficult to live with in those days...arrogant and pretty lost. But it was my time here that laid the foundations of my journey and this place and those great believers that guided me in my early walk will always hold a special place in my heart. Great men and women whose example I carry with me.

Of course the important thing as always is not necessarily where we've been but where we're going.

The entire Christian faith is built on the passing on of what came before...people who have journeyed with Christ guiding, encouraging those that follow... We are part of an ongoing legacy stretching back to Christ. Each of us must take our place in this legacy (I feel like I'm going to start quoting the Lion King). I would not be where I am now if it weren't for those that took time to guide and teach me, & I will forever be grateful for where I came from because it has helped shape who I am today.

So I want to encourage you to think about where you came from and those that walked beside you and guided you, taught you and Inspired you, without ever asking for anything or perhaps even knowing that they Inspired you. 

Think also about where you are now, who you can guide and inspire, sometimes directly other times just by being you, and your example of walking in faith. The kingdom of God will grow or falter because of those that we inspire to be the Church of the future it's members, guardians and leaders.

It would be great to read comments from anyone reading this about your walk with Christ; where you are, where you began, who inspired you, please feel free to comment below.

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