Tuesday, September 1, 2009

living out loud...

Something just happens. You can't explain it because it's beyond you. It's like a snap of a button, a switch of a light, a blink of an eye, and suddenly everything makes sense. It's like seeing your child emerge from the womb; you know that nothing can stop you from loving it. It's like seeing your spouse on your wedding day for the very first time; nothing looks more beautiful. Or like standing in the batter's box after hitting a grand slam with bases loaded; nothing feels more perfect. For me in this season in my life, something has happened and I can't explain it because it's beyond me.

I'm living out loud what I believe and not giving a rip! And it makes sense.

It's not like I coward behind the religious beliefs of my parents or lived as a camouflaged-Christian, but there was something silent about my faith because of fear. I feared I would be ostracized, I feared I would be marginalized, I feared I would look like I belonged on some weird Christian television show with people who looked more like a circus act than followers of Christ. So I remained silent about my faith or gave mousy replies when asked about particular subjects.

But in growing up I’ve learned that I don’t have to carry a 40-pound cross, tote a 10-pound bible, or hold up signs claiming that I love Jesus. I am simply a working girl, who stands for justice and righteousness, teaches the bible when possible, and is quite normal. I’m not a hyper-fundamentalist who is afraid of media, music, and movies. No sir, I embrace this culture [with caution] because I’m in this world but not of this world (Col. 2:8), trying to make it better by sharing Truth, Hope, and Love any way possible. I will use a homing pigeon, smoke signals, a blog, twitter, facebook, or whatever means possible to dispense redemption and Truth.

So, I’ve decided to create a facebook page for In The Name Of Love and will be posting updates and discussions as I think it may be easier to dialogue with other followers. Topic du jour: mass communication J

Preach the gospel always. And when necessary use words. Francis of Assisi

13 comments:

Laura said...

Great message!

Lacey said...

This is a great post. Especially because sometimes I feel the same. I don't want people to think I'm a crazy person but I don't want to be ashamed of my faith. I don't think I am but sometimes I question myself because I'm not always preaching.
Thanks for this post and I look forward to the facebook page stuff!

Laura Gonzalez said...

The Francis of Assisi quote is one of my all time favorites. I struggle with being in the world but not of it...I LOVE being around my Christian sisters and bros and sometimes am uncomfortable around non-believers who I have little in common with...Then I get sad...because I know Jesus hung out with the sinners and tried to be "relatable" He was so attractive to them, yet did not play down sin. May we be "relatable" to this culture while SHINING LIKE THE SUN for our LORD Jesus.

Annie said...

I really just adore you. I can feel myself slipping almost every day, but then I reach for your blog and it brings me back up out of the tunnel. God bless you, my beautiful friend!!

Michelle said...

That's cool~ I'll head over to FB and BE YOUR FAN! :) And I love Annie, too!! :)

Anonymous said...

That's right friend, PREACH IT! "Preach it at all times...in any and all ways possible!" - jeanette garces

haha!

love you!

-j

Cindy Lowe said...

Hi Bianca! I came to your blog because of Jasmine's blog post! I am listening to your message at APU and you're an amazing speaker and an inspiring teacher. Thank you so much for sharing your passion and conviction with us!

Catie said...

Thank you for living out loud. And sharing your feelings, because I know that I've totally felt this way before too. It's a constant battle.

Nina49a said...

This was a blessing...as always(;

jacquelinefigueroa said...

Why do you insist on being so awesome :) I PRAY my "it all makes sense" moment comes sooner than later. I don't think I'm gonna make it. You're truly a great friend and a great great inspiration. XX

Bridget said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!!!

Mamarazzi said...

Bianca, I just hopped over from your sister's blog...I can't remember how I found her, but I like taking pictures, so I'm sure that had something to do with it...anyway, more importantly I'm a lover of Jesus and I was just so inspired by what I read on your blog and thought I'd tell you so! I'll be comin' around more often!

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