30 Days of Faith: Day 11

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From the time I first became a Christian (1973), my faith was largely in my head. I read and studied; I took college-level courses in Old Testament, New Testament, the Life of Christ and Bible Study Methods. I read church history, becoming familiar with names like F.F. Bruce and Sir Wiliam Ramsay and even wading through Alfred Edersheim’s “Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah.” I read J.I. Packer and C.S. Lewis. I read popular writers, too — Dobson, Swindoll, Stanley, Lucado and others. I learned how to use commentaries, Bible atlases and dictionaries, topical bibles and other resources. And I taught — adult classes, junior highs, children and toddlers.

Almost 30 years after becoming a Christian, I went on a short-term missions trip to Central Europe, and met God in a small church in Germany that had previously been a social hall for the local communist party. The details of the story are here: http://faithfictionfriends.blogspot.com/2011/12/coming-home-epiphany.html. The practical result of that experience in Germany was the head knowledge came face-to-face with the heart knowledge, and was found wanting.

For almost three decades I spoke it, explained it, encouraged it, argued it, defended it. and believed it. And then I experienced the reality of it. In the almost 10 years since that trip, I have been in a kind of wilderness, praying and writing, writing and thinking, praying and listening. Now the wilderness time is coming to an end. I don’t know exactly what that will mean, but I am content to embrace whatever it is that is coming. And something is clearly coming.

But I am struck speechless with God’s faithfulness.

Glynn Young


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Posted on January 12, 2012, in 30 Days of Faith, Christian Living and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. This a very moving post. It’s so gratifying to read about someone who appreciates God.


  2. What a beautiful reminder of what following God really looks like. Thanks for sharing!


  3. As bad as we want the head and the heart it is up to HIM the timing.


  4. So true. It’s a beautiful moment when the mind and heart collide. Thanks for this. 🙂


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