"Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith — that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
The word faith has always been in my life. Not that I have always listened to it or really understood its meaning. It was always a good Sunday practice to go to church with my mother and step-father provided I could do whatever I wanted once I got home. Church was a practice of image (mostly self delusional) rather then an honest relational interaction between myself and a divine living entity.
Life has a funny way of dramatically altering the course journey to which Jesus had planned for me. Needless to say that journey is not yet over. It is simply a continuing daily practice of striving to embody the existence of Jesus as he creates his image between the words in the gospels and interweaves it with the fabric of my life.
I no longer think faith is a matter of work related, image driven, self delusional garble. I instead have become enthusiastic towards striving to see the end result and ecstactically enjoying the journey along the way with the great freedoms Jesus has brought me!!!