Friday, 30 July 2010
I recently got married to my wonderful husband Shawn. He's smart, he's funny, he's laid-back, and he can make me happier than anyone ever could. We're both still very young -- I'm 19 and he's 21 -- with a lot of life left to live and things to explore.
One thing that I've started to further explore is my faith. I became Christian in my senior year of high school, about three years ago, and since then God has had a huge role in my life. I went to church, I read my Bible, I praised and worship Him every chance I had.
After I graduated from high school I moved to a new city for university. I didn't know anyone here and, at the time, Shawn still lived back home. I didn't thrust myself into attending any church; my Bible was left on my shelf to grow dust, and I did many things I was not proud of. I let myself fail my first year of university, I was "lusting" after someone other than Shawn, and my heart wasn't fully dedicated to God. Shawn was never one to go to church; I guess you could say he has issues with some of the things I believe in.
Having said all that, about three months ago, I started to really get active in my faith. I found an amazing church near my house that I love going to on Sundays, I've been reading my Bible everyday, watching online sermons, praying more frequently and asking for forgiveness, and generally just being a better person. Shawn has taken note in the huge changes I've made, but he still doesn't feel "obligated" to get more connected to God. He explained to me that he feels like he has a great relationship with his God and that whatever makes him happy with make God happy too.
Now although he's getting slowly better with things -- he went to church with me on Sunday and read the Bible with me last night -- I know there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. I'm trying my hardest to give him the best example of what being Christian means, and I'm praying everyday that God touches his heart and open his eyes.
Have any of you married or dated a Non-Christian? How did you help them to witness God and get a strong relationship with Him? What encouragement can you share?