This past Wednesday Kellie and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary. For those of you who saw our wedding photo on Facebook, let me begin by saying the title of this blog is not referencing the health of our marriage in any way! 🙂
The celebration of our anniversary this week reminded me of something that happened back in 2011. I blogged about it back then and felt led to re-post it and update what I wrote back then. Here goes…
Kellie and I went to Puerto Vallarta for our honeymoon back in 2004. While we were there we took a couple hours of footage of us going around town, doing what tourists do, checking out the sites. So we recorded our adventures in Puerto Vallarta, put it on a VHS tape, and forgot about it. Ok, we lost it!
In October 2011 we were doing some spring cleaning (in the fall), and what was once lost, now was found. 🙂 We popped it into our VCR and it was like hopping into a time machine.
I’m sure this happens to you whenever you look at old photographs or watch old home movies. You take a trip down memory lane. But you don’t just remember the events you are looking at. You remember that time period of your life.
So as Kellie and I were watching this video, both of us were having flashbacks to our lives back in 2004. To our values. Our priorities. Our faith.
This is going to sound really weird, but it was like watching two strangers on TV. We were watching ourselves but those people on the screen were no longer us. Because back then, our lives were basically all about us.
We were believers in Jesus but we weren’t following Him all that much.
Back then we defined Christianity basically as a set of doctrines we believed in. Don’t get me wrong, having the right beliefs is critical, but at the same time, Christianity ought to be about more than just what you believe.
Faith is not just a noun. It’s a verb too. As Paul writes, “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” (Galatians 5:6)
In the 2004 version of ourselves, we had faith but we weren’t expressing it all that much. For example, back then the only time I served the poor was once a year when I helped out with the Thanksgiving baskets giveaway through Kensington Church.
And I thought I was like Mother Teresa for doing that! For serving the poor 3 hours A YEAR.
As Kellie and I watched the video and began reflecting on our lives today . . . with how we are living . . . with the choices we are making in how we spend our free time and our money . . . we are thankful that the honeymoon is over.
In saying that, neither of us feel like we arrived. We aren’t saying we are super-Christians. Move over Billy Graham! Nothing like that. But at the same time, after watching our honeymoon video, while I may not be where I want to be, I can thank God that I’m not where I used to be.
May you use this blog to reflect on your spiritual journey…where you were spiritually back in 2004 and where you are today… how your priorities and values are affected by your faith…whether faith is just a noun to you, or if it’s also a verb.
And if you don’t like the answers, do something to change them.
***Please join us this Sunday at The Eastside Vineyard Church. We are kicking off Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday as we unpack Matthew 21:1-11. We’ll be taking a look “behind the curtain” at the spiritual and supernatural aspects of what was happening on that very first Palm Sunday. Plus, we’ll be passing out palms! March 24, 2013. 10:30am. More info at tevchurch.org***