Today I am thankful for my faith and for God. I know that may be a shock to most people. Especially considering my mostly liberal beliefs. But, it's true. I consider myself a progressive Christian and at this time, a practicing one at that. I try to live my life according to Christ's teachings more than anything- by being a loving, caring person. Especially to those that are outcast and broken. And it's always a struggle and difficult, but in my opinion, it's the true way of Christianity to follow Jesus' teachings. So, I don't usually profess my faith so outwardly most of the time. I believe right now the title "Christian" comes with a lot of negativity thanks to the misguided radicals and extreme fundamentalists, so I made a decision to live my life in such a way that people would be pleasantly surprised to find out I am Christian. And so that I won't get lumped in with the Fred Phelps' of the world.
Without someone watching over me and hearing my cries/prayers and giving me encouragement, I don't know that I'd be where I am with this depression. Yes, I have the love and support of my wonderful friends and family, but there are days and times when I have thoughts and feelings that I'm too afraid to say out loud, let alone admit to myself that I'm having them. And I know in those times God is carrying me and working to heal me.
I have friends of all walks of life and all religions: atheist, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, agnostic, Methodist, Buddhist, pagan... I even had a friend once at UCSD who was part of a religion that technically wouldn't allow you to be friends with someone not a part of your religion... I forget what it was now. I consider my friendships with all these people a blessing. They enrich my life just as much as I hope I enrich theirs. And I hope that when they think of me, and knowing I'm a Christian, they realize that I embody a more "normal", real-world example of God-lovin'.
I'm not trying to convert anyone by providing these links, but if any of you are thinking "how in the hell can she be a Christian (traditionally conservative) and have liberal ideals/politics?" this should help:
An article I ran across that's pretty cool.
This one's my favorite- home of the 'Be The Love Project' and headed by a practicing minister.
And apparently I'm not alone! I haven't checked out this one a whole lot yet, though.
The date on my bible was the day I was baptized.
I just want you to know if you're reading this that I don't place any conditions on our friendship. I will never judge you for who your are or what you've done. It is not my job to judge anyone anyway! That's for the Man Upstairs. And I have to answer for my own sh*t without worrying about anyone else's.
I truly love you all.