Thursday, July 02, 2009

Born Again?

Recently I was asked if the “Born Again” in the name of my blog is a religious thing.

It is not.

When I started this blog over 3 years ago it was because I was going to start new. Like a brand new diabetic and get my act together. That has not happened.

But what has happened is that Diabetes is a bigger focus in my life. It is not ignored and pushed aside like it was for so many years. Day to day I struggle with keeping my disease under control but in the end I have stayed the path of trying and trying to get my act together.

But this is not a religious blog.

I am however a religious person. And a spiritual one which I think are two very different things.

I am at church every Sunday. I lead the contemporary worship band by singing and playing guitar and I love it. We attend a Lutheran church and I find that when I do miss a week I feel like my cup is not full. Church each week provides an outlet for my spiritual plug.

Being a church going Christian does not make me perfect, better than anyone, smarter, nicer, friendlier, or holy. I am NOT perfect. I am NOT good at a lot of things. I can be a total airhead. I drop an F bomb here and there when someone cuts me off. And my son was my ring bearer in my wedding so…perfect? No.

But I know who watches over me, who died for me, who loves me, who to thank for my blessings, who to look for when I need comfort, and who is my strength.

For those of you who are not Christians or believe in any higher power, I hope my blog doesn’t turn you away. I am not a judging person and frankly, if I am “Christian” then judging is something I am not supposed to do.

In this place, I am me. This is just me. The imperfect, fat, sometimes silly, sometimes sad, nutty, passionate, God fearing, life loving, diabetic me.

14 comments:

Cara said...

You always say the things I think when it comes to my Christianity. Not perfect. Never will be. But I life for the Perfect One. And His blood takes care of my imperfections.
I'm glad you blog. :) Maybe I'll get back into it soon myself.

Sara said...

Great blog George! The ring bearer line really cracked me up.

Yours was actually the first blog I found in the DOC, and I thought we might have something in common because of the title. How funny is that? :)

George said...

Cara - I hope you do too and thank you for being a good friend.

Sara - That is funny. And WE DO have lots in common!!

Scott K. Johnson said...

Great post G-Money. And the thing with you and Sara is so awesome!

You are a great gift to many of us in the DOC - I'm so glad that I found my long lost brother in all that is the internets. :-)

CALpumper said...

Yes. Like Scott said, you my friend, YOU are a gift to us all!!! Thank the Lord!!

Araby62 (a.k.a. Kathy) said...

What Scott said. Can I get a big 'Amen'?! :)

tMac said...

Gee, I guess I resemble that question, huh? I totally agree with everything you have said about what our approach should be as Christians. I am not to judge, but I also hope that others will not judge me, nor run away from my blog, just because of my beliefs. Love the post, and love you George.

Auntly H said...

Awesome. I really appreciate the openness and authenticity you express in this post (and the whole blog). Thanks.

Genie said...

I'm not a particularly religious person, but I love reading your blog. Thanks for all your honesty. :)

Mark said...

George,

Great post! As a born-again Christian, we do have lots in common and yes, we are not perfect.

At the end of the day, it's how we love and loved others as God loves us.

Anonymous said...

I heard someone say once, as Christians, we're not "better", we're "better off".

And I, for one, am better off since I came across this blog - and frankly I was attracted to it because of the title. You have helped me so much along the line with your candor and your wit.

Thanks for the person you are and all you do. Even if you're not perfect (heh,heh), you've added richly to my diabetic life.

Wendy said...

AMEN!

Anonymous said...

I'm an atheist, and I love your blog.

My control slipped, and I am now back on track. Not perfect, just more attentive. So I totally, totally relate to the 'born again' sentiment.

Rachel said...

There are very few people I've met (or "met") who are both as religious as you and as "real" as you. I appreciate that you show both of your sides.