10 Things I’ve Learned As A Christian (So Far)

In no particular order.

  1. A year and a half after accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior and becoming Christian I am still overjoyed by my new life in Christ. Although I continue to have questions and seek answers, I have never doubted or had regrets.
  2. Being Christian has cost me relationships, as some people have decided one-sidedly that a Christian Daniel is not someone they want in their lives.
  3. People still make lots of assumptions based on my religion, and most of the time they’re wrong.
  4. The moment when I finally understood how all the books of the Bible fit together to tell one story was one of the high points of my life.
  5. I still find it hard to communicate that understanding to others when they ask partly because it relies on knowledge I acquired while studying Judaism, partly because I get so excited that I stumble over my words and/or can’t stop talking.
  6. A lot of Christians are not comfortable speaking about faith and religion, even with other Christians. I’m hungry for conversations, but I’m left starving.
  7. Some people think I am wrong in being a Christian, and a few tell me so outright. I always ask God to give me patience and help me not engage them. I don’t need their negativity in my life.
  8. Going to church as a family is one of my true joys in life.
  9. I’ve come to realize that my personal theology is quite nuanced and different from most other Christians I’ve met. Not better, just different.
  10. To quote my pastor, Zach Van Dyke, “It’s all about grace.”