Faith

“I Never Thought You Were A Christian…”


“I never thought you were a Christian.”

Ugh….

I still can’t get those words out of my mind. They were spoken to me I believe my junior year in college at the University of Illinois. 

They were spoken by a woman who was over at my apartment. My roommates and I had some people over. I don’t remember the details (probably because we were drinking), but those words stuck! 

“I would have never thought you were a Christian.” 

It was like a dagger in my chest! Why would she say something like that? 

Somehow we must have gotten on a discussion about God, Jesus, or the Bible. I had no problem talking about God or the Bible. My problem was that my actions were not lining up with my beliefs! I know exactly why she said that! Duh! 

Words are not enough. Jesus said, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord,Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” 

My actions were not lining up with my words. What’s interesting is that even a person who didn’t claim to follow Jesus recognized that something was off. And yet I was supposed to be walking with Jesus and I was blind.  Yeah, I know doesn’t make any sense right? 

While those words hurt, I didn’t change my actions for a while. I still went out to the bars (see picture above) with everyone else, and did what everyone else was doing. I went to worship services on Sundays, but my heart wasn’t there! It’s hard to worship with a hangover. It’s hard to worship with all that guilt with what you did Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 

“I would have never thought you were a Christian.” 

People should be able to see a difference in Christians, Matthew 5:16. 

I’m thankful for forgiveness from my Heavenly Father. I don’t know who said that. I don’t know if she is now a Christian. I don’t know if I was the person that could have had influence on her to follow Jesus! 

Ugh…missed opportunity! 

As Christians let’s strive to live in such a way where people will say, “I knew you were a Christian, there’s something different about you.” 

Let’s live in such a way that God will be pleased with us! 

Yeah, I’m talking to you and MYSELF!!!

I CAN DO and SO CAN YOU. Life is all about having the right kind of attitude. We will face challenges. We have to decide how we will respond. Getting an ICD (Internal Cardio-Verter Defibrillator) in 2010 forced me to make a decision about my mindset. I decided that I CAN DO. What about you? Let's go. Check out my blog at www.icandoicd.com and my books on Amazon at www.amazon.com/author/benjaminlee.

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