Start your journey of faith

A journey is the act of traveling from one place to another, and the word has often been used to describe our walk through life. We travel from childhood to adulthood, with many stops along the way. We see beautiful things; we have to overcome obstacles. We make mistakes; we make wise decisions.  We feel a multitude of emotions; we meet many people.  And each one of us is also traveling a journey of faith, as we trek through this expedition of life.  Where are you on your faith journey? Are you at peace? Is your heart at rest? Do you live with hope? Let me share something with you.

It has been said that there is a God-shaped vacuum in our heart. People try to fill this vacuum with many things as they travel through this world, but the fact is that only God will fit into this place-just like the perfect piece of a puzzle. When we try to jam the wrong puzzle piece into our heart, it hurts. It feels wrong. It leaves us still searching for more.  Our faith journey is the path that leads us to God and fills this hole in our heart.

The Bible also says that we find our rest in God. In the book of Jeremiah, chapter 6:16 it says this: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it and you will find rest for your souls.” If you are at a crossroads in your faith journey, seeking rest for your soul, read on.

God loves you.

It’s as simple as that. He loves you just as you are. He loves you will all the bumps and bruises you’ve collected along your life journey. He loves you no matter what mistakes you’ve made, what you’ve done and what you’ve resisted doing. He says to you—come as you are…I love you.

God has a plan for you.

You maybe wandering down the wrong path right now or you may be lost in the woods. As soon as you reach out for God and say “help!” He will guide you to the light. He offers a future of hope. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “ …I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord,  “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

There’s one thing you need to do.

Admit it. Admit the failures of your past journey– your mistakes, your blunders—your “sins” whatever that means to you, and ask forgiveness.

Then take the step of belief.

This is the most important step of all in your faith journey. Believe that God sent his son, Jesus, to die for you, in your place, once and for all opening the hope of heaven to you.   It’s so simple, it’s almost unbelievable—that’s why it takes faith to believe it. That is why we are talking about a journey of faith here.  Take a moment in your journey to stop and pray—simply thank Jesus for dying for you, forgiving you and giving you eternal life in heaven with him.  Ask him to guide you along your life-path and shape your life in the right direction.

So what’s next?

Once you take that step—that flying leap of faith, you are welcomed into God’s family. You will be with him forever. Ask God to take control of your life—you’ve probably learned by now that you’re not really in control anyway, no matter how hard you have tried to be. Relax. Rest. Take a deep breath. He’s in charge and he will lead you down the path of the rest of your life, helping you make decisions at every crossroads.

Tell someone.

You don’t walk the journey of this life alone. Others have also taken that step/leap and would love to walk the journey with you. They’ve learned things they can share with you. They will be there to remind you of the hope you now have.

Continue down the path.

The journey of faith is an expedition, not a short stroll. There will still be mountains to climb and storms that roll by, but there will always be beautiful sunrises and sunsets along your path.  Throw a Bible in your backpack and fix your eyes on Jesus. You’re on your way, with hope.