This is the letter B in my ‘A to Z of me’ art journal, inspired by Valerie Sjodin.
You can see my letter A entry here. I decided to do this journal just with coloured pencils and felt-tip pens so I could do it anywhere.
For all of us what we believe is a deep-seated part of our identity. Some beliefs we hold are helpful to us, others are less so. Our beliefs can help us achieve something, or can hold us back. Limiting beliefs we hold about ourselves and our capabilities prevent us from growing to be all we are meant to be.
My Christian beliefs empower me to be the very best I can be.
Sadly, for some people, religion (as opposed to faith) has scarred them and they wrongly associate faith and belief with the results of that religion experience. Some people use their beliefs to impose limitations on others, contrary to God’s will. I so wish this wasn’t the case, but the church, like the rest of society, is made up of flawed human beings. When I feel angry, annoyed or disappointed at someone or something to do with church, I remind myself that I too am imperfect, and that I’m a Christian because of Christ, not the church.
Probably the most famous verse in the Bible is John 3:16 …
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but shall have eternal life.”
I love this verse, it captures God’s complete unconditional love for each and every one of us, and I hang on to that promise of eternal life. But for me, my beliefs aren’t just about what happens in the future, they are also about life now.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
My life with Jesus is full.
That’s why I believe … for today, as well as for tomorrow and for eternity.