There have been two major “conversions” in my life: my “food conversion” and my Christian conversion. DON'T LEAVE YET! I won't go all weird on you, but this really is kind of interesting, so stick with me. Even if you haven't been through either of those types of conversions, chances are you've had other times in your life when you've noticed a change in yourself and began having new convictions as far as how you chose to live from that point on. No matter what area of life you made changes in, I'll bet you've noticed some of the same things that I have, and if so, you're not alone…
Here are five ways all life-changes are the same:
- After going through both conversions, I wanted to tell EVERYONE about it! These newfound truths were so exciting, I thought the world should know. There's no doubt that in both cases I irritated some people like crazy, and likely still do now and then. It took time and some growing to realize that everyone isn't ready or willing to hear what I wanted to share, just because I wanted to share it. Sometimes, just like ‘the old me', they aren't “there” yet and may not care to ever be there, either. (It wasn't that long ago that I didn't care about things like trans fats and high fructose corn syrup on ingredient labels either.) Now I try to be a better listener to their stories, instead of talking about myself. Every person has something to teach us, no matter where they are on the journey.
- Whenever you make big changes in your life, you will be attacked for it. Sometimes in big ways, but at the very least you will probably be accused of going “overboard” like I was, although I never could figure out how in my particular types of conversions someone can go overboard. When it comes to Christianity, how can you try too much to be more like God, who is only good? When it comes to making attempts at eating healthier, can you do that too much? Especially in America where our food supply is pathetic?! Nevertheless, people sometimes feel they have to defend themselves, maybe because they aren't ready to make the same changes yet. I've often been accused of “depriving” my poor kids of sweets or junk food. So when this happens, I've learned to have thick skin and not let it bother me, because usually they're only joking around, or sometimes they just don't understand. I know that what I'm doing is better for our family, not just in the present, but far into the future, and that's all that matters. The point is, anytime you are different from others, you will be persecuted (some things never change – remind anyone of high school?!), and that probably means I'm on the right track.
- In both instances, I learned that nothing you say is going to make some people want to make positive changes in their life until they are really ready (or when it comes to Christianity, until the Spirit moves in them…) This is a tough one for me because, like anyone else, I love my family and friends and just want their body and souls to be healthy! However I remind myself that nobody likes a know-it-all or a bulldozer, so if there is a way I can help or when the timing is right, I pray I'll be ready and speak when I'm supposed to. Until then it is not my business what choices others make in their lives. I'm slowly learning to respect that and keep my mouth shut.
- The time frame that change happens is different for everyone. No matter what type of conversion is going on inside you, for some people it takes place over a very long period of time, as in years and for others it is fast. No matter how it happens is “OK”, all that matters is that you're growing over time and becoming more of the person you want to be, or even more important, the person God wants you to be.
- Lastly, both times I learned that God really can do the impossible in us! Even though I grew up going to church now and then, there was so much I didn't understand about even the word, “Christian”, and I thought Jesus freaks were just nuts, so for me to be able to get past those barriers and many others, and decide to open up to Him more in my own Christian conversion, was miraculous. (If you are like I was and just “don't get it”, check out my newest blog.) As far as my food conversion, this is how I know He did the impossible with that: when I can go to the grocery store and bypass my beloved Cocoa Puffs or Pop Tarts because of all the junk on their ingredient labels, you KNOW something miraculous has happened!
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