The $1MM dollar question: what does it mean to put God first? Not an easy question to answer. So, let me take a step back.
Who hasn’t heard: “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual” or “I have a personal relationship with God, I don’t need to go to a Church.”
I hope not to offend anyone when I say that this comes across a bit non-committal. Kind of a cop out, if you ask me. And here’s why.
You really can’t have one without the other. Church, religion, spirituality, faith, the Holy Bible are all intertwined. These puzzle pieces are the cornerstone of who we are as Catholics, as Christians.
God gave us His Church in approximately 33 AD. The Church gave us the Bible hundreds of years later with the New Testament. The Bible is the inspired word of God.
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.Catholic Bible, Matthew 16, 18:19
Why would He build a Church if it wasn’t to be an important part of our lives.
God First: My Personal Story
Being an everyday Catholic means something very different to this Cradle Catholic today.
The mystery of our faith and what my role is as a servant of Christ was lost on me for many years. It was a combination of things that kept me from understanding what was truly important about being a Christian. And maybe you can relate.
At the height of my career and wonderful marriage, I had a lot of doubts. Something was missing. I couldn’t put my finger on it… there was a hole in my heart that I just couldn’t fill.
I didn’t know what it was then… God was calling me! And He had for some time.
Growing up in the Church in the 70s and 80s seemed less progressive. We didn’t have the options or community that exist today. Honestly, I didn’t get it nor was I supposed to. I was on a journey and God knew that.
But, that all changed a few years ago – I rediscovered my faith, fell in love and couldn’t wait to tell everyone.
Fast forward to today and I can honestly say that my faith defines who I am and what my purpose in life is. I am on a mission to show the world who we are as Christians. My heart is on FIRE for the Lord!
And I am confident of what my purpose is: I am to be the face of Christ on Earth.
This is a 24/7 job. A huge undertaking and for the first time in my life, I am truly ready to be successful!
Friends, my goal as a Catholic blogger is to share with you my thoughts about faith, Catholicism, God and the how to get there. I hope to inspire and motivate you along the way. And my greatest legacy will be what I leave behind as a Catholic Mom. I’m showing my children how I put God first in my life, every day.
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