Friday, March 18, 2011

Still the baby?

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”  Hebrews 5:13-14

I’ve been a Christian for years now…I wish I could give you an exact date but I can’t because I can’t remember.  There are those that tell me that I should know.  It’s an important date after all.  It’s my spiritual birthday so why don’t I know the date?  Perhaps at the time I didn’t think my commitment would last or perhaps I felt it was something I’d always remember.  I mean, I can recall the moment very clearly and I know it was on a Sunday.  I know who prayed with me and who was in the room as I prayed to recommit my life to Jesus but the month and date escapes me.  I do know the least I’m pretty certain it was 2007.  How do I know that…well here’s how I figured it out.

In 2006 I went to a girl’s weekend with my friends in Vermont!  It was a memorable weekend with drinking, drinking games, getting drunk , board games, lots of food and fun.  I was NOT a Christian when I attended that weekend getaway.  Well, in April of 2008 I visited my mother and we spent time reading our Bible together and praying together.  We had another girl’s weekend which was pretty much like the weekend in 2006 but this time I didn’t do much drinking (yes, I was doing some drinking but I wasn’t getting drunk…didn’t feel like it.)  I spent time getting up early to pray and read my Bible.  Based on those two events I know I became a Christian sometime during 2007 and I think it was in the fall.  Before Christmas I think.  You know what’s funny.  My mom sent me a book of devotions for new Christians right after I told her that I became a Christian.  Usually she writes in the books she sends me and dates them but not this time…when it matters most.  Huh?  Anyway I’m rambling…thank you for hanging in there with me because I do have a point and here it is.

I’m a 4 year old Christian…so I’m not a baby anymore.  Seriously…ask any 4 year old if he/she is a baby and they will tell you emphatically “No!  I’m not a baby!”  So if I’m not a baby, why do I feel the need to tell people “I’m just a baby Christian?”  I have 2 ideas.

  1. Babies don’t have to know the things someone who is older knows.
  2. Babies don’t have the responsibilities that someone older has.

As a baby Christian I think I have an excuse when I struggle to find a passage in the Bible…who is Joel?  Haggai? If anyone else is in the same boat here’s something I have learned…..if you don’t recognize the name it’s probably in the Old Testament and it’s near the back, between Daniel and Malachi!    Little children in Awana can recite the books of the Bible in order!  There’s no reason a 5 year old Christian shouldn’t at least know the names of all 66 books.  I’ve had plenty of time!

I don’t have many Bible verses committed to memory either…after all babies can’t memorize stuff like that!  Can they?

As a baby Christian I can’t possibly witness or teach!  I don’t know enough! Remember I don’t have verses memorized.  Mature Christians can handle those tasks, I’m still learning.  Really?  After 5 years I know what Jesus wants me to tell others (1) All need to be saved (2) Jesus and only Jesus can save you.

So it’s time to grow up!  It’s time to make the choice to make the time (create opportunities)  because I’ve had plenty of time (seconds, minutes, hours, days, etc) to grow.

There is great blessing in growing up in my relationship with Christ.  As I grow in my relationship and God is able to use me I will be blessed.  God wants to bless me but I have to make the effort to move ahead and mature.

Dear Lord…I want to grow and mature.  I want to learn your will for my life and have you use me.  Forgive my laziness.  Amen

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

It's so true.

BizzieMommy posted a few days ago about the raw deal loyal AT&T customers are getting concerning service. I read her posts then went online to see what kind of situation I'm in because I've been with AT&T since it was SBC Global! Below is the transcript of my chat with Customer Service.

"Thank you for your patience! An AT&T sales representative will be with you shortly.
You are now chatting with Michael, an AT&T sales representative.
Michael: Welcome to AT&T online Feature Sales. How may I assist you with your features today?
Stacey: I was just checking out my data plan against one that was mentioned on a blog.
Michael: Sorry not sure what you mean?
Stacey: She basically said if we have unlimited data bundle we can't tether so I was just checking
Stacey: Seems to be true.
Michael: I am sorry but that is not true.
Stacey: So If I want to tether I can keep my unlimited smartphone bundle but then I have to pay $45 a month to tether?
Michael: No you can.
Michael: Sorry, can not.
Michael: If you change to the $45.00 data pro with tethering your unlimited data plan will be removed.
Michael: And you would not be able to change back to it.
Stacey: That's what was mentioned on the blog and I couldn't believe it so I had to check for myself.
Stacey: Thank you. You've answered all my questions
Michael: You're very welcome.
Michael: While you're online today, what else can I help you with?
Stacey: I'm find for now. I think my plan that I have now is still in effect for a while longer....oh..when it's time to renew will I be able to keep my unlimited data plan or do I need to start shopping around.
Michael: Yes you can keep that if you upgrade to another smart phone or iPhone device.
Stacey: okay. Thank you very much. Have a great day Michael"

Michael was very polite.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

31 Days

Photo courtesy of Tou Touke

It's March!  March has 31 days and the book of Proverbs has 31 chapters.  Read with me everyone!