BREAK IT DOWN

HI all! For the past couple of years, this blog has functioned as my personal/very public diary detailing my explorations of what christianity was like on a daily basis. But, lately I’ve been feeling kind of frustrated. With life, with what I want to do with said life, and with my feelings towards religion as a whole. I realized that I lot of my faith was still based on immediate gratification and affirmation that I was doing the right things, when in reality, I don’t think that is what christianity should look like at all. That’s not to say I’ve lost my faith, I am just trying to reevaluate the little bits that explain who I am.

So here’s the thing – I want to keep this blog real. I want it to be something relatable and real and detail all my very elle-like mishaps that happen way too frequently. I love what it has been in the past, but that isn’t the full embodiment of who I am and it never has been.

From now on, this blog is serving as everything – my photo dump, my talks about religion and what it means to me, chats about feelings about college and upcoming things in my life, travels, and a portfolio of the designs that are slowly but surely overtaking my life.

Buckle up because we’re all in for a ride.

With love, Elle

 

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

When you think of Christians, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

Is it something positive, like people who radiate an inexplicable love and make anyone feel validated and welcome?

Because a lot more of the time, we are thought of as harsh, judgemental, and closed-minded.

The question is – when did Christianity become something to fear, something to avoid?

In Jesus’ time, people were not joining the church (the body of Christ, not the physical building of a church) because of the type of Christianity that is seen today. They were joining because of the overwhelming love that was bursting out of those members. A Christian would walk down the street and there was something inexplicably different about them, they weren’t afraid to share the gospel, but weren’t shoving it down the throats of non-believers either. They were simply vessels of God’s will. In Acts 2:47, it tells of the Lord’s church growing daily. People flocked to the church, craving the joy that those in it radiated.

It was their own choice to join and grow in this love.

So why do we not continue to try and be this church of overwhelming love, making anyone and everyone feel welcome and compelled to join? It is our job, to learn and grow in love.

Like it says in Hebrews 10:24

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds

Quite frankly, we have one job as a body of christ, and that isn’t to attract people to the church with rock walls and bouncy castles and new buildings and a good coffee bar. Our job is to radiate so much love that people are drawn to us enough to ask,“How are you so kind to everyone? How are you so joyful? How do you possess this much love?”

We should be living as the body of christ, unashamed. Because we truly have one aim that we should be pushing towards…

The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a good faith (1 Timothy 1:5)

THE AIM IS LOVE, PEOPLE!!!

as always,

With love,

Elle

 

ps – thank you to Johnno for this inspo (my camp girlies will know what I mean)