Dear Brown Girl,
Hey Brown Girl! Something that I wish would get stronger is our faith in God. I hope that we get to a point in our life where we are never afraid to share our beliefs and even if they don’t believe, understand or care, that you will stand strong.
Transitioning from Methodist to Seventh Day Adventist was one of the hardest decision that you and your family have ever had to make, even though it seems so easy to some as it’s just from one Christian faith to another. I want you to remember that though it was not an easy choice, that it has been one of the most rewarding. Your walk with Christ, your story and your path with him belongs to you and you only! It does not matter what anyone says to you.
Stand strong in your faith, Brown Girl. So what if they talk behind your back? So what if they judge you for your mistakes? So what if they think that you are not worthy of God’s love? Of his salvation? Your relationship with God is not reliant or dependant on what people think. It ain’t about what they say you can or can’t do. You know your journey, you’ve learned from what you have done and you are aware of what we have been through. We did it, we have done it and now, we pay the consequences daily. However, that does not mean that you have to feel guilty about it for the rest of your life! Church is not for perfect people but for broken people who are wanting more.
I also want you to be proud of your faith. Stop worrying about what others might think but stand up, step out and be heard. I know that, at times, you step back when people talk of God and religion. You hide what you think and what you want to say just gets swallowed up by your nerves even though you are dying to share your story. Our testimony might not be as strong as other peoples and we may not know the bible as well as others do but our testimony is ours. It may not bring anyone to Him and it may not even be a compelling testament. However, remember that our story is our own. You do not need anyone’s permission to share it. If you want to speak then let it out. Live your story, share it and enjoy your walk with Him because He is the only person who’s opinion really matters. If you manage to bring even one person to Him with your story, then it was all worth it.
Being a Seventh Day Adventist, you know you get weird looks all the time when you say that you worship on Saturday, the true Sabbath, instead of Sunday. I know you are not ashamed of the church yet you always find it hard to speak on what we believe. Things like not eating pork and certain seafoods have become normal for us yet when people ask you about it, you hesitate to speak. Why? You know the message and you know the teachings, yet you keep hesitating. You keep quiet. It’s something we know we have to work on and something that we have always battled with. Let’s be honest, you run your mouth on literally everything else yet is at a loss for words when it is time for you to share your beliefs as a young person within the Seventh Day Adventist Church. I know that you get frustrated by your lack of knowledge but have some determination and know that He is with you.
Abide in Him and lose yourself in His word. Your lack of knowledge is your own doing. We neglect spending time with Him and it shows. Bring one with Christ doesn’t mean just showing others His love but also you showing Him that you truly love him. Take the time to speak to Him in prayer, read His word and listen to his commands. Don’t just listen, follow. Brown Girl, do not lose yourself to the temptations of the world.
Stay true and stay strong.
Nehemiah 8:10 New International Version (NIV)
“Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Psalm 46:1-3 New International Version (NIV)
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”
Psalm 119:28 New International Version (NIV)
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.”
Ephesians 6:10 New International Version (NIV)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.”