It’s been a looong time since my last Defining Life Project post. My last one was in September when I hit 100 definitions (see here). I had planned to share this post sooner, but I was a little hesitant to pour everything out that I originally drafted months ago. Last week, I was thinking about what I wanted to do for Lent (which began yesterday). As I was discussing it with the worship team at church, one of them said he always adds something, instead of taking it away. I had heard this before, but thought it would be something good for me to practice this season of Lent. I thought of the idea of re-vamping the Defining Life Project during this season of Lent. I’ll be posting for the DLP every Thursday during Lent.
When I started the DLP, which you can read about here, I was struggling to know what life really was because of depression. I asked myself: “What is life?” and began the quest to find out what others believed it was. During the time that I began the project, I was starting my relationship with the Lord. Now this is the part where you might expect me to say that Jesus saved me and it was through Him that I became to know true life, which was partially true, but I also had a lot to work on myself. When I started the DLP, I started the initiative to have a better life and to get more joy out of it. I was still developing my faith and relationship with God, but I didn’t actually commit to be saved until 6 months later, and get baptized 10 months after that.
All of this was five years ago, when I was an upperclassman in high school. I didn’t grow up in a church and I rarely attended one. I got to know Jesus on a personal level while being involved with Young Life, which is highly criticized at many schools, including my high school. Without Young Life, I would have never had the stepping stones to lead me to church or to learn more about Jesus. I developed valuable relationships with my leaders and best friends through Young Life. And through the various Young Life programs, I gathered many definitions for this project, which is why several definitions are about Jesus.
Since high school, my relationship with God has been difficult. I just recently found a church and community that I love after many years of searching. It’s been a developing part of mine and Chase’s relationship and I am happy that we share that. I was shy to share my faith on such a public platform because of the negativity surrounding the church, Christians, and everything in between and unrelated. And you know what? I believe in Jesus because I believe in love. God’s love was so deep for us that he sent His son as a tremendous act of love to save us. I will love others regardless of their sexuality, gender, income, faith-background, race, and ethnicity. Anyone who claims to know Jesus, but does not love one another isn’t doing “that Jesus thing” right, in my opinion.
I am excited to re-vamp this series and see where Lent takes my faith this year. Next week, I will post another set of definitions. As always, if you want to share your definition of life please email me at thevintageurbaniteblog[at]gmail[dot]com. Have a great Thursday!