Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

August 5, 2012
by

Emily Harriman

Sophomore, Psychology Major

Exod 16:2-4, 12-15
Ps 78:3-4, 23-24, 25+54
Eph 4:17, 20-24
John 6:24-35

Today I want to discuss the passage from Ephesians. Every day we live, but do we always live as the Christians we claim to be? I'll be the first to admit that it is difficult to fully live like Christ on a daily basis. As humans, sin comes so naturally to us and we have to work hard and make a conscious effort to live moral and Christ-like lives.

I have a friend who has lived a very hard life and has made very poor decisions throughout his life. He has been involved with many kinds of drugs and has already been to jail at the age of 19. I wouldn't necessarily call him a bad person, but there is no doubt that he has made the wrong life choices. You may be surprised to know that I met him at my church. He has been questioning church and God ever since I met him three years ago. He came to youth group every Wednesday, church every Sunday, and every church trip during the summers. I believe that the fellowship that he found at church was what encouraged him to continue attending. Church and the the people from church were and remain the only good influences that he has in his life. Recently, my friend checked himself in to rehab and started reading his Bible for the first time in his life. I believe that this was the first step in putting away his old self just as Ephesians describes. He is consistently getting rid of his old ways and his corrupted lifestyle. Although he has a long way to go, I believe that he is stepping toward finding his new self in Christ. I hope that he eventually finds God's way in righteousness and holiness of truth.

The story of my friend is an extreme case, but all of us who are living lives we no longer want to live in order to live more like Christ need to realize that it is never too late. We must recognize that God will accept us any time we are willing to give our whole selves to him. Let us find truth in Jesus and not be afraid to put away our old selves; to put away old habits, thoughts, or actions. May we have the courage to find our new identity in Jesus Christ. Even Christians fall short, but a new and improved identity in Christ is always waiting.



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