Reflections is a weekly meme hosted by Kristin of A Simply Enchanted Life and Fizzy of Fizzy Pop Collection. Every Sunday we will dig deeper in our recent reads to explore the real-life lessons within the pages. Reading the book yourself is not necessary to participate. If you would like to host your own reflection, you’re welcome to copy and paste this introduction, with the link to our pages. You may use our current or prior reflections or come up with your own.
In the collection ‘An Amish Christmas Love‘ Kelly Irvin wrote the novella ‘Snow Angels’. David, in the story, finds himself torn between an old love whose life and faith leads him to the outside world and a new love who has the same Amish roots and faith as himself. Needless to say he comes to the necessity of making a faith based decision. Which begs the question, are there people in your life who are keeping you from a closer relationship with Christ? How do you address that challenge? How do you handle those people?
I know I found the question this week and while we both think it’s a pretty amazing reflection, no only on this story, but on real life as well, I didn’t put a lot of thought into the idea that I would have to actually answer it. For public consumption. Nuggets!
For me this is a whole lot more a question of faith than a question of religion. I’m not much all in for religion, to be completely honest. Perhaps I’m the bad influence? I like an occasional glass of wine. Reading books that others might find a bit risque. Telling shady jokes in the Prison Yard. That alone is a shady joke, it’s the deck at work where we like to have lunch outside when it’s not freeze your toes off cold. And I named it that. That all being said it’s too easy to be pulled into hi-jinks and jokes and other more than shady discussions than I’m truly comfortable with. And that pulls me from my faith. If I’m being completely honest I’d say that I am the one that many times keeps me from a closer relationship with Christ and pulls me back when I am getting closer. Maybe it’s fear of commitment to something wholeheartedly. Maybe it’s fear of not being completely accepted by peers and friends whom I adore but don’t have the same faith base that I do. My faith is not a secret but it’s also but a ginormous neon arrow over my head either. That is totally on myself.
Your turn! Was there ever a time when your friends felt like family members? Leave an answer in the comments below.