Within religion, God becomes static, He becomes quantifiable almost, He becomes stagnant and rigid. But once a person realizes that God is a person, and that a relationship with Him can be as real and dynamic and exciting as a relationship between me and you, then religion turns to relationship.
Some may mourn the fact that Jane was martyred at the young age of 17. Certainly it was awful and evil, but I can’t help but rejoice when hearing about her life. Something about her young age is especially encouraging, as it challenges young people to live a life of boldness, courage, and devotion to God – even to death.
What happens when you lose your dreams? Most people already know but just haven’t made the connection between who they are now (or rather who they are not) and the point at which their dreams died.
Christianity is tolerated when it promotes actions that our postmodern world embraces. For example, the command for Christians to “Love your neighbour” (Matthew 22:39) is happily accepted.
Neither of us expected our stories to turn out this way. Our other college friends got married, had kids, and lived in the cities they’d planned on with the jobs they’d hoped for. But not us. God doesn’t have us on the group plan.
For years, I questioned the value of praying for a husband, since I knew singleness could be part of God sovereign plan.