18 years

18 years ago today (Oops, lost track of what day it was. It was yesterday, the 26th.) I joined the family of God. After a couple of months of studying the Bible, re-evaluating what I had thought was my faith and making some hard decisions on what I wanted my life to be, I was baptized at a campus devotional in the Old Chem building at the University of Cincinnati.

18 years.

The events of that summer turned my world upside down. If you had met me in the years immediately following, 16-17 years ago, I would have likely told you that I began my spiritual journey that summer. That my relation with with God started on that Friday night.

Now, older and wiser and hopefully a bit more humble, I know that the journey began long before that. Long before I knew that there was a journey to take. It began with parents who made sure I had a foundation of faith to build on. Unfortunately, more than once in my pride and immaturity I dismissed their efforts.

18 years.

A lot has happened in that time. I've seen a fledgling movement rise and then fall under the weight of its own sin. I've watched my own faith rise and fall as well. I've lived in 4 cities in 3 states, gotten married, had 3 girls and participated in a church planting. I've seen my eyes opened to new realities, more than once, and I've watched my spiritual priorities get reoriented in recent years.

18 years.

In many ways, I feel like I've learned so much, come so far and grown so much. In others I feel like I know even less that I once did and I'm less clear on many things.

I hope the next 18 bring more clarity, more humility, more unity and more relationships with those who are His.

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I believe the less clarity, the more I seek, the more I seek the more I learn ,the more I learn the less I know so the more I seek.. . . .

Blessings in your journey.

Happy spiritual B-Day, brother!
18 huh? Well that would make you a young-un compared to my whoppin' 19 years. (jk)

It really is great to know (even if digitally) brothers and sisters who stuck it out through the great fall of the ICoC and are doing well with the Lord.

Keep on inspirin', bro.

Milly - Great observation. Although, at times, the vast unknown that looms ever greater makes me want to run and hide instead of seek further.

Jeff - This is not a date I usually celebrate, but once again, I was reminded of this ocassion by a member of my church. It was a card I got, in the mail, from one MH & SH, who you know.

... and are doing well with the Lord.
Well, sometimes I'm not too sure about that. :-)

Thanks.

It's just keeps getting better and better....sometimes it doesn't feel that way though!

Very Cool. I think the Apostle Paul was about your age spirituall when he first spent those fifteen days with Peter, I think.

It isn't over at 18 years!

I'm well into my 31st year as a Christian. In my 18th year I had no clue what God had in mind for my future. I suspect that is still true today.

That year was a particularly difficult phase of my life. But God was using those difficulties to prepare me for what was coming--something neither I nor anyone else could foresee.

Belated congrats on celebrating this special anniversary.

Now that you're 18, are you thinking about college? (I've got three more years to think about it, but the Nebraska Christian College just moved into town, so you never know.) :)

In any case, I understand how you feel. Solomon said that there is something of the eternal in every man - I think that piece of forever is the source of so many conflicting and wonderful thoughts. Happy 18th, I hope you have a few more 18th's.



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