My spiritual journey began with my sister. She had started reading a devotional called Jesus Today and got me a copy for my birthday. I read a little bit of it and really enjoyed the content, but it wasn’t something I was reading everyday. Even though I wasn’t reading it a lot, I ended up taking the book to school with me; six months later, I met my boyfriend and my spiritual journey truly began.
I know you may be wondering if I was an atheist or something before all this occurred; that is certainly not the case! My mother is Catholic and my father is Baptist. I was baptized as a baby and have practiced Catholicism ever since. I went to Catholic school from kindergarten all the way up to the eighth grade. Religion was a mandatory class; we did stations of the cross before every Easter break; we prayed the rosary; we celebrated advent and learned about all the saints.
Yes, I knew a bunch of bible stories, what the 10 commandments were, and why Jesus was crucified. But at such a young age, most of that was just information to me. It was something that I had to learn to pass religion class. I have always wholeheartedly believed in and loved God. However, I was merely learning about the word of God, but not really understanding it.
I was about 21 when I started to actually understand the word of the God for the first time. I was reading my Jesus Today devotional every day and going to church with my boyfriend every Sunday. I will forever be grateful that my boyfriend brought me back into the church community. Before him, I would only go on big holidays like Christmas and Easter. It was going to church every Sunday that really increased my knowledge of God and the Gospel. The Bible stories were explained in everyday terms, something that I had never experienced before. I left church every Sunday with a solid understanding of whatever story we focused on that day.
It was easy for me to stick to my church routine when my boyfriend was with me. But I had to make sure I stuck with it when we were a part; that would be the true test of my faith. When I was at school, my boyfriend would wake me up every Sunday and drive us to church. But at home I would have to get up and go to church, most of the time, by myself. Fortunately, I was able to stay dedicated to my routine while at home. I continued reading my devotional and went to church even when I had to go alone. I was yearning to learn more about the Gospel so it didn’t matter whether I went with a guest or not.
It has been a little over three years since I’ve been on, what I call, my spiritual journey. The reason I call it a journey is because it truly is. Every day I learn more about my faith and who I am as a person. It feels as if the more I learn about the Gospel, the more I encounter other people who are on the same journey. I have read countless devotionals since I’ve started, and I now make it a practice to take notes on the Gospel every time I go to church.
Ever since I have welcomed God fully and wholeheartedly into my life, I am surrounded by his presence. You might be wondering what I mean by this. Let me explain. First, whenever ANYTHING happens to me, good or bad, I attribute it to God and I thank him for it. I thanked Him when I was finally hired for a job after grad school but I also thanked Him when I didn’t get the job that I thought I really wanted. Now that I am learning more about God and why He does things and how it affects my life, I am constantly thinking of and thanking Him. Second, I am surrounded by His word. Despite all of the devotionals I bought for myself and have also been given, I am constantly engulfed in God’s word. Since my journey started, I now come across more people who share religious wisdom with me, whether it’s family or random strangers. Additionally, I am now having more conversations about God with my family as well as my friends.
I suddenly feel like it is my duty to share the goodness of God with others. I do not look down on anyone who doesn’t share the same beliefs as I do; but I know from my own experience that God is real and embarking on this spiritual journey is what works for me. It’s been fulfilling yet challenging talking to other people about my journey. Most of my family and friends are excited to talk about God’s goodness and have been encouraged to start a spiritual journey of their own. However, some of my family and friends feel like it’s “too much”. “Why do you feel like you have to tell everyone about God?” Well if you’ve seen the miracles and the work that He has done first hand, you would understand why!
I still feel like I am new to this journey. I am nowhere near a point of understanding everything, but I will say that renewing my faith in God, going out of my way to attend church faithfully and truly understand his word has been the best thing to ever happen to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect and I still mess up sometimes. Sometimes I don’t make it to church one week; sometimes I’m too tired and fall asleep before reading my devotional before bed; I recognize that I am a sinner and I ask God for forgiveness. The best thing about God is that He is forgiving and merciful and I think what matters most is that I’m giving my best effort to be the best Christian I can be.
The next part of my spiritual journey will be to start reading the Bible. To be honest, it seems a bit daunting, but I know that my spirit will be even more fulfilled once I start. This is another journey that I would love for you all to join with me. Whether or not you believe in God or some other higher power, let’s work on being better people for ourselves and for the world. I can honestly say that I have become a much more mature and, overall, better person. I have met other genuine people since I’ve started this journey; I’ve developed deeper relationships with my friends and family since I’ve started this journey; I am even more blessed and, most importantly, more grateful since I’ve started this journey; but what’s even more important is that I have a deeper and more fulfilling relationship with God than I ever have before.
Are any of you on a spiritual journey right now? What strides have you made in your faith? Have you started reading the Bible? I would love to learn from other Christians so that we can strengthen our faith together.
If you’re not already on a spiritual journey, no worries, you can start now! It’s never too late to welcome God into your life!
He could be the rock you need in your life to keep you stable.