Religious NUT !? 2018-08
I recently met a friend, that saw me and said, without any hesitation, “Are you a religious nut now?” This was out of the blue after I had just met him again, after a longish period of time. I was totally surprised, at that moment of time, by his question.
I looked at him and blurted out, “cashew or almond?” My reply was an off the cuff retort and somewhat of a smart-ass answer to him.
He was not expecting this and just stood there and blinked a couple of times. I regrouped and asked, “WHY do you ask?” This wasn’t going well for him I guess, and he was noticeably embarrassed, perhaps for asking and doing so as an introductory hello statement.
I left him off the hook and offered “Is this because of the cross that I wear?” being the only thing that came to mind right away. I started wearing a cross, that I made, after an incident, which changed my life forever; another story later, perhaps…..
He looked down at it, at my chest, and said, “Eh, no! It is actually because of your posts online that you make and that I follow. You seem to post a lot of religious things now!”
I paused and thought a moment, and then said, “Yes, I have begun or continue to post my thoughts on what I believe!”
He asked if I was trying to preach to people, including himself. I told him no, and that I am just telling my story on how I feel towards God and Jesus Christ. I continued and stated, “I believe in what I believe and feel that I, as a fledging disciple of Christ, want to let others know how I feel, in relation to where I am in my journey.”
He asked, “What journey?” I looked at him and could see he was serious and I said, “My journey in getting closer to God!” His comeback was, “Oh! OK!”
I guess that satisfied him and we went on with what I would call normal conversation. Later I thought about what we first discussed.
He was more used to my OLD self and not the NEW me. I get that! I appreciate his honesty in asking me though. We were friendly in the past and I did or do not want to jeopardize our relationship. I let him know that I am still the person I was before, but have a different look at life now.
It is unknown, how many people think his way and it does not matter. If any have problems with what I post, move on, and don’t read them; easy as that. I do hope that you read them, and in the reading, get something out of them. I am always open to questions of any sorts about my new life now.
As I have expressed before, I will still love you, respect you and Yes, still like you too.
Thanks be to God,
Den Betts firstname.lastname@example.org