Hey "Nofaith"! Thanks so much for your comments and thoughts. I sentiment with your frustrations with those who represent Christ, and I've struggled with how those who represent someone as good as the person described in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John could behave so badly at times. It's perplexing, isn't it? Ultimately though, I had to accept that I was one of the worst. I too have done hurtful things to people and I too have done a lousy job representing what I believe. With every step we take to be more like him we realize we're a million more steps away than we thought we were. But that doesn't mean it's not worth taking steps.
I really appreciate your honesty as well. If you shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I'd love to get together and hear more about your thoughts!
Hey "cantbeserious"! Thanks for your comment and for sharing your Story. I agree, people can find God in spite of themselves, and it's heart breaking to see the difficult circumstances that sometimes separate people from a God that truly loves them. Victor Frankl, a Holocaust survivor, says "When we find meaning for our suffering our suffering ceases to be." The truth is that great Stories are made from great conflict, and great conflict produces things like love, hope, patience and perseverance. These are the things that truly matter in life. Looking at our life as a Story that really matters gives meaning to the challenges we all face in our lives. Thank you for living a great Story and not giving up.
Does anybody else have a story of how they've refused to give up, and instead overcome conflict in their life to live the Story written for them? I'D LOVE TO HEAR THEM!
Thanks for the support everyone! Thanks also to Paul who did an amazing job on the article! I truly believe that together we can make our city a better place, a place where every story matters. Thanks for joining me.
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