Who I Am?

One of my dear friends told me a long time ago that my blog didn’t truly and completely reflect my personality. She and I talked about this. I told her, I am funny in person. I’m fun. I have a spunky spirit about me. I’m joyful. I love the Lord. I love to dance. But when it comes to the truth of Jesus Christ, there is nothing as fun as knowing the Lord and being in Him. So my blogs tend to be more serious. It’s such a serious matter to me! I lived so many years having fun, but I was dead. I am so done with that! 

So many things in our lives can take over and become more important than the gospel, the good news—the greatest news on earth, the scandalous news of Jesus Christ. These other things can become more important than our relationship with God. Before we know it, we end up in idle relationships, idle chatter, talking about nothing, or we end up idly going through life and letting our busy schedules push us around.
While I am fun and I have my idle moments, I do not live there. I can hardly stand small talk. If I get into a group and it becomes idle or a group where we just talk about problems or nothing all the time, you will slowly start to see me disappear. I do not have enough life left to put my time into things that don’t matter, that don’t have eternal value. Who does? You don’t.
So I can be funny, pull your chain, and entertain you if you want. But you know what? That is plan B, in case the Holy Spirit doesn’t show up. He always shows up when we speak the truth. If I under-teach Jesus or I limit Jesus in what I share on my blog, then people may lose a chance to see His full self. The fullness of Him will be missed. He will be limited in your own life.
There is such a vast well or mine to dig in to find out who Jesus is. We should be doing it in every conversation, at every meal, every time we pick up a fork. Every time we see a friend, we should be like, “Hey, tell me how you are learning about Jesus. Yeah. Sing it. Dance it. Do flips with it. I don’t care. Lets do it. I want to learn from you, too.” We can learn in fun ways. We can worship Him and jump around and hang out together.
When we put Him at the center of every relationship and every group, those roots in the center become firmly planted. It becomes a firm union, unshakable by anything. Whatever is in the center is going to be the thing that roots you together. Do you want to be rooted together based on your problems? Do you want to be rooted together based on shopping? Do you want to be rooted together based on fitness? Or do you want to be rooted together based on Jesus?

I choose Jesus.
Think about your friendships. Think about the circles you are in. See if there are any of them that need to change. What is your authentic position in your friendship circles? 

Why Do You Follow Jesus?

Do you ever get asked, “Why do you follow Jesus?”

For me it is a hard question to answer because I am always struggling for words. I love Jesus so much and I am so thankful for everything He has done for me that my answer always comes out, “Why wouldn’t I follow Jesus?”

That answer is not a very convincing one to those looking for depth and trying to grasp why it is we all love Jesus so much.

So here it goes. Here is my answer to this question.


He loved me when I felt the most unlovable. Romans 5:6-8 opened up my eyes to the depth of God’s love for me.

You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:6-8 NIV)

God saw everything going on in our lives, and He chose us anyway. He saw all the sin, hate, anger, and greed, and He decided to save us anyway!

He NEVER gets angry at me, even when I mess up A LOT. Isaiah 54:9-10 showed me this.

“To me this is like the days of Noah, when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth. So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again. Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:9-10 NIV)

I used to think I was never going to be good enough, that I would never measure up. I thought that no matter what I did, God would always be angry with me. Instead, He says He will never be angry with me again. Then He goes further and says His love for us is unfailing! I love that!

He chose me to be holy and blameless in His sight. This is so awesome, you guys! I used to be weighed down with the thoughts of my sins. They ate at me until I thought I would crack under the pressure. I thought there was no way I would ever be able to escape how gross and disgusting I thought those sins made me. Then I read Ephesians 1 and found this verse:

For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4 NIV)

He had already chosen us. He had already made the decision that no matter what happened and what we did, this is how He was going to see us. Every day He has chosen to see us as holy and blameless.

He forgave ALL my sins AND forgot them. Hebrews 8:12 really shined light into my life when I realized how real this verse was and how it related to my life.

“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12 NIV)

I had always believed my sins were forgiven, but I didn’t think they were forgotten. I thought they defined who I was. I thought they were what Jesus saw when He looked down on me. Instead, He looks down on me and doesn’t see any of my sins. They were all covered by His blood. He forgave them all and forgot them all. I have never seen a love like this before!

These are just a few of the reasons why I chose to follow Jesus. He takes care of me, He loves me unconditionally, and He is always there for me. I was never completely happy without Him. Now even when I am sad, I have unrelenting joy.

For those of you reading this who are still unsure about Jesus and have questions and want to know more, please leave a comment, and I can share more with you.

Please leave a comment about why you follow Jesus! I love to hear about you and your stories!

I pray that each of you would go out and share the good news with everyone. I pray that you would be bold. I also pray that you would love others in the same way that Jesus loves you!

Have a wonderful day!

Love, Kathleen 🙂