My sweet co-worker and friend (hi Corrie!) loaned a book to me the other day and told me how great of a read it is. Guys, I'm only halfway through and I'm absorbing every single word like it's the very air I need to breathe.
Hiding in the Light is based on a true story of Rifqa Bary and her conversion from Islam to Christianity. I don't want to give many details away simply because ya'll need to read this. It's unbelievable the things she went through just because of her faith.
As I was reading this, I couldn't help but feel absolutely disappointed in myself. Here was a young girl who had to hide her faith in Jesus from her family; she read her Bible in safe places like school or while they slept; she had to pray silent prayers while her family shoved their Islamic practices upon her.
And how do I treat my faith? Oh that's right - reading my Bible has become part of my to-do list. My prayers aren't passionate conversations between me and my Best Friend. Please don't coddle me and tell me, "Oh it's okay. It's just a season." I'm disappointed with myself and frankly, disgusted by the fact that I have allowed myself to treat my faith like it's just one other thing to do for the day.
I'm changing that though. Well, technically I can't change anything without the assistance of the Helper but I'm acknowledging it and facing it head on. Somebody once told me that the best way satan can succeed in a Christian's life is to make them as stagnant as possible in their faith. In essence, we allow our flesh desires to overtake the spiritual side and we find reasons, excuses, things to replace the time spent with God.
That's my prayer today, and every day. Get out of this "every-day-to-do-list" mode because that is the last thing I ever want to become: Somebody who goes through the motions just to get a pat on my back. I pray that each of you reading this will go and pick up this book and really take a hard look at your spiritual walk with God. Don't ever reach the point where you think your walk is good... Because it can always be better.
**This is not a sponsored post in any way. I was not asked to read this book and write a review. I'm simply just sharing because I feel like we all need to take a deeper look at ourselves. If you have any questions about my faith, Christianity, why I believe what I believe, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me. I certainly don't know all the answers, but I can help point you in the right direction.