WHY should I label myself a CHRISTIAN?

Published May 6, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Right now I feel like I am having to fight for my right to call myself a Christian. I feel God speaking to me recently through my interactions with others, so I am sharing.  Some people both Christians AND non Christians may not like it, but to be honest I don’t care. I am trying to get on with my own spiritual journey and I have had trouble over the years BELIEVE me trying to justify to MYSELF why I would want to be called a Christian; and so whilst I have been trying to explain my point of view to other people just lately – I feel it has just been God speaking to ME. Why should I label myself a Christian? This is what I have to say…

I think you are just focusing on that word far too much, you are worrying about it, obsessing over it. yes it is a label, it is a NAME – but it is just a word to describe the body of Christ – his people and – how you see yourself. You ARE you and God made you YOU, the individual. He gave you an individual fingerprint and an individual personality and he stamped HIS LOVE for YOU, your individuality on your heart. He died for YOU. And he wants YOU to come to him “just as you are” – as YOU are – he doesn’t want a carbon copy “Christian” He wants YOU with all your individual quirks and lovely self – but he wants you also to be a part of HIS “body” which is his people, his church – his “CHRISTIAN” people – a label WE give for the BODY AND BRIDE of CHRIST that sets us apart as his most special, beautiful people that he has called INDIVIDUALLY through each of our hearts. We need to have a name to link us to God and what better name than that of the one who gave his life so that you might live forever! I am pouring all of this out of my heart and I feel like it is God writing this right now. I feel maybe he would be afraid that you are missing the point! The point is Jesus. We are not Jews, we are not Muslims, we are not Buddhists, we are not New-~Age crystal worshippers – we might understand about where some of this stuff is coming from but we can see it as being a part of the stuff that goes on in the physical world that God says – yes it’s all real, it’s all valid as in symbolic for certain things but don’t worship it – worship me through my son who I have given for YOU so that you will know how special YOU are to me. We are not all those other groups – those labels – we are CHRISTIANS because we are in CHRIST we are re-born in his image. I can’t keep going round and round trying to make you see through my eyes – I want that label – I WANT to be a Christian; I don’t want to be a Jew like my Mum’s family, I don’t want to be a Buddhist BUT I understand where my Mum is coming from because the old ways LED to the new ways, the NEW testament – that Jesus is the way, the truth, the LIFE. I understand the ways of Buddha and I think Jesus did too; so I meditate as I have always done, but now I meditate with scripture in my heart so that I can close my eyes and meet God in that quiet place, really go inside myself and come into his presence. I understand about the UFO and alien culture and I follow what’s going on there because I believe it is leading to the end days and they are part of the angelic battle – but I don’t worship them, I worship Jesus for saving us from the devil’s plan! To lead us away from God! So I call myself a Christian – a name Jesus would not have called himself – he was a Jew but he said the old ways were DEAD which is why he had to die, to bring us a new way THROUGH HIM and yes we probably could have labelled that Jesus movement in any way – but WE – his church, his BODY labelled it after his name so that we would always remember that through CHRIST EVERYTHING is possible and only through him can we live FOREVER! If you don’t believe that then I’m just spitting words into your face and not into your heart and I can do no more to say how I feel about it. This is how I feel and how I feel GOD is talking to me and through me for YOU. But if you don’t want to label yourself as Christian that is STILL YOUR choice – nobody is going to hate you for it – I love you, God loves you, stop worrying about a LABEL a WORD and get on with getting to know HIM.

Fruit of the Spirit – a poem inspired by Galatians 5:22,23

Published May 5, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

I am learning every day

to live in love

to do and pray

I am seeing more and more

that God is knocking

on my door.

And in my daily walk I see

that Jesus’ light

reflects in me

But I must DO and I must BE

what I in others wish to see.

So love and you will then be loved

Be joyful in your journey

Let peace reside within your heart

then why would you need an army?

Have patience, do not stress or rush

Be calm and take your time

Be kind and show you have respect

Do good – say no to crime

Be faithful in your daily life

and gentleness will follow

Lastly show some self-control

in your impulses do not wallow

If you bare all of these good fruits

your life will be so rich

You will find that you are greatly blessed

For all this is my wish.

© Laura Crean 05/05/2015

Faith – a walk of individual understanding

Published May 5, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

I don’t think I or any person of FAITH should have to keep battling with those who do NOT share that (PERSONAL) faith.  THAT is how arguments start, that is how wars start, that is how conflict and separation start.  And I just want peace and love – that’s all.  It is nobody else’s business what I PERSONALLY believe, therefore it is not my job to explain, convince or convert another in or to ANY FAITH!  If you have taken a vow as a Priest of any faith then you may disagree, but I am just me – I’m just a woman, with my own daily struggles, just a Mum, I like to think I’m an artist and like to use paint and words to create pictures but I’m not a Priest – I don’t WANT to preach to anyone!  I hate being preached TO –  LOL.  I like to learn and I like to study things that are in my heart to learn about and that includes the Christian faith and the bible even though my terrible memory doesn’t always keep that knowledge in such a way that I can pass it on to others without re-googling!  But that’s me, that’s personal, that’s not you whoever you are.  YOU have faith in what you want to have faith in and I will have faith in what I believe in.  I can only help what I am doing.  I know what I know, I believe what I believe and I have to LIVE with that.  YOU live with YOUR OWN convictions – whoever YOU are.  Yes I like to write about these things, I like to write poems and paint pictures sometimes – that is me expressing my thoughts, feelings, dreams, loves, faith, sharing my journey –  I don’t actually care if you like what I have to say or paint or create – OK – That’s up to you.  I don’t care.  I might feel a little sad about it because it comes from my heart but that’s OK because that’s my business too.  But even though I have started calling myself a Christian because that is my walk, my decision, my faith, it doesn’t mean I hate anyone who doesn’t agree with me or follow me – of course not!  I love you all (especially my friends and family) and I am still interested in hearing about, learning and understanding all other points of view, scientific principles and faiths, because they are all ways of looking at the world and we are all human beings living in this world together.  I want to understand what others believe about their place in the universe and I want others to understand what I believe about my place in the universe – But – we can’t all understand everything – because we are all INDIVIDUAL.  We all have a different starting point, we all have a different perspective, we all see the world through our own eyes, with our own experiences, in our own language, from our own generation, from our own struggles and victories.  And because of this – faith should be just that – faith – a personal understanding – and what is understanding? – a thought – and what is a thought? An insubstantial thing that comes from an image in the mind that only that individual mind can make sense of.  So… I will continue my own walk of faith and I encourage you all to continue to make your own individual walks in life and I look forward to sharing ideas, thoughts, feelings, dreams etc. with you all – my dear friends and family who I have chosen to talk to through this media.  If you don’t like my decisions, well I can’t help that, I can only help my own decisions and I will leave your decisions up to you.  But I still love you all, I still want to talk to you and listen to you and spend time with you – Peace be with us all.

<3 xXx Laura xXx <3

The Fruit of the Spirit – A hard lesson (I was whacked round the head with a rotten banana – LOL)

Published May 4, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Some Christians need to get down off their high horses and look at their attitude – feeling sad about how people have talked to me recently.  And because of that I had a bit of a rant on Facebook.  Shouldn’t have done that – BUT – it taught me a lesson…

I had had a bad time with the way some Christians had been interacting with me and so I had a rant.  A new Christian friend had posted a video on my wall – with good intentions; she thought it was funny and wanted to share it with me.  But I was nursing some resentment about my interactions with a few people and the video made me even madder LOL – this is the video first off…

The video upset me and I told her I didn’t like it and actually I found it quite offensive and then said:

I can see what he’s saying – an yeah the world’s crazy but you know what – there’s a fine line between saying the Devil’s in the world and saying all of mankind is stupid! Not all science or ‘New age beliefs’ (whatever that is) are at odds with Christianity you know! I don’t know, I do wonder if we are living in an age of too many polarities – you’re either this or that – no! That’s not right. Maybe I’m just feeling cynical this evening. I’ve had a great day at bible by the beach – but I keep being treated very dismissively by some “Christians” and quite frankly it’s starting to really …me off – I thought patience was a virtue! There’s nothing worse than people cutting you off when you are trying to talk to them! Like you are beneath them or something. Well, I’m starting to see this a LOT and usually by well known Christians too! So what does that say? I feel God is speaking to me through the bible and my everyday interactions with people and the world – but today I feel certain Christians need to get down off their high horse and look at their attitude because they get people’s backs up. We are all living in this world together aren’t we? Jesus went where the people are – you’re not going to win people over being snobby, know it all preachy, 2 faced… OK Rant over – sorry about that – having a vent!

But what happened is – she took my venting in the wrong light and started saying this is why she doesn’t want to be labelled as a Christian and how it’s just another belief and with each line of her response I could feel her moving further away – distancing herself – running away.  And then I felt as if God was slapping me round the face with the fruit of the spirit – saying see!  This is why you have to be what you want to see in others!

And I was like – Oh my goodness – what? I AM a Christian, don’t get me wrong! I love Jesus and I believe he died on the cross for me (for MY sins) it’s more than just a belief and I HAVE had the Holy Spirit working in my life – and you know I’ve had those miracles because I told you about them. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying I’m not a Christian, and things in this world, people in this world who are distracted from God’s purpose that upsets me and infuriates me but what I’m angry with is Christians who think they are above every one else. There are always people who think they are better than the average person – that’s got nothing to do with being a Christian or someone of another faith or no faith – that’s just human nature! LOL I think I’m more upset with them because they ARE Christians and because as I’m getting closer to Jesus in my own walk through reading the bible daily etc. I feel close to him and then some Christians come along and pollute that. By not expressing the fruit of the spirit in their own interactions. .

I tried to find a little video just listing the Fruit of the Spirit to demonstrate them and found this fun one:

Then after thinking about it – this is how I felt:

So when I’m ignored, put down, not welcomed, dismissed by “Christians” I don’t say – oh no Christianity must be wrong, God isn’t here in this walk and the world is better!! NO! I say – these people who call themselves Christians are not demonstrating the Fruit of the Spirit and therefore they are not being a good example of what Christ wants to see in their Spirit – all of the above! When I come away feeling like that – I’m angry – but at the same time I am not angry at God – I’m angry at those people for not staying true to Jesus’ teachings of the Fruit of the Spirit and I have to pray that God give me MORE of those = LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL so that I can stand in truth myself.

Now I feel bad that I have not demonstrated it by getting angry, venting and putting doubt in my friend’s mind that Jesus IS the way, the, truth, the life.  God REALLY wanted to teach me a lesson today.

“I Know There’s Something More…” – Nick Vujicic – An inspirational figure for our times

Published April 30, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

If there is anyone in the world today that should be an inspiration to all people, be they young or old, with a physical disability or an emotional one – or not; even if you feel you are doing pretty good in the world today and don’t really have many worries.  But perhaps you strive to do better, you would like to aim higher in life, maybe you think, you know, others may have it better than you and you feel you are lacking…think again – here is a man who really has a reason to be in despair, to give up and just say the world has won.  But does he give up?  Does he live in despair?  No he doesn’t.  Watch his amazing story unfold, be INSPIRED and remember what Nick says: “I know there’s something more…”

An introduction…

Nick is an inspirational speaker.  He speaks from the heart about how God has changed his life.  There are many videos of Nick speaking but here are a couple that really spoke to me…

This one had me laughing like a loony and crying like a baby…

If you don’t take anything else away from Nick’s inspirational messages – remember what he says when he says: If you don’t get a miracle – BE the miracle for someone else!  How awesome is that?  And perhaps give away a few hugs today…

 

Strength of the Volcano – NaPoWriMo Day 29

Published April 29, 2015 by Laura Crean Author

Last night I dreamed a volcano erupted.

It was the biggest explosion I have ever seen.

The WHOLE mountain exploded

Into a fiery mega pillar of red hot magma

Reaching right up into space.

It was like the tension in me

Had reached boiling point

And then was released.

People who had been on the mountain

Just evaporated into dust!

Like my old life – and blew away in the fiery wind.

I felt cleansed, refreshed,

Like it was a sign of something new and big

About to change in my life

And I was going to be bold, fierce and strong

Just like that volcano,

And have the confidence to say

I’m not invisible anymore –

HERE I AM!

© Laura Crean 29th April 2015

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