About 5 months ago - after fully committing to our current church - I really felt called to commit, surrender and be baptized. I disregarded that call. When the new year rolled around, I felt like new beginnings were definitely on the horizon, and again, felt called to baptism. As my duties within the church slowly started to increase (including being asked to serve as a board member), I learned something; there is a big difference between serving a church, and serving God through a church. I have definitely served churches in my history, but I am not sure I was ever fully committed to serving God through those duties.
With that out there, I was still skeptical. I wondered whether or not being fully surrendered to God would mean giving something else up. This may not sound logical, intelligent or even emotional, but what if I surrender to God and He has me quit poker, hockey, or something else I love? Enter lesson number 2; God is good. I've come to the realization that whatever God has in store for me, is going to be better than ANYTHING that I can manufacture on my own, and I am prepared for whatever He wants for me.
With those lessons in the bag, I made the small leap of faith and made a commitment to God. I in no way expect life to be easy, but I know that I have a friend in Jesus to walk with the rest of this life, and into the next.
God bless, and God speed!