Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Where Do I Stand with God
About an hour before the baptism we were busily setting up chairs, filling the baptism font, and just doing the finishing touches. I was a little nervous, but at the same time so excited to see, a friend, make this step of faith which will change her life.
We started out by singing How Great Thou Art, which brought the spirit into the room real strong. Continuing on with a prayer, and two talks. I was on the edge of my seat anxiously awaiting to perform the baptism. The time was finally here!
We walked down into the water. She had a light or glow to her countenance. She is a daughter of God, prepared, and ready to make this commitment with God. My mind cleared, and I was filled with a sense of peace, offering the baptism prayer , and then immersing her under the water. Pulling her back up, she came out of the water smiling, radiating peace and happiness.
Then a thought crossed my mind.....where do I stand with God? I had made the exact same promise with God several years ago, and how was I holding up my half of the promise? Was I living the life God would want me to be? I didn't realize baptizing someone else would be a growing process for me. I thought about things I could do better, or just differently to bring me closer to God. As I reflected my life, I knew I was not perfect, and have had my ups and downs, but the Spirit soon reminded me that's ok, that is why we have the Gospel, to grow and improve.
After my experience of examining my promise to God, I would encourage all to do so. Look at the shortcomings, but not forgetting your successes. See what changes could bring you closer to God, then trust in God, and with His help make it happen!