Some of us have faith which obliterates us – others have faith which obliterates everything that prevents us from living this life in relationship.
Ryan had both.
Eventually, but not simultaneously.
Ryan attended church services religiously.
He tithed grudgingly and said grace before every meal.
He remained married for almost forty years – after four decades there was little joy or friendship between him and his wife, but they both remained faithful, never stepping into the trap of an affair and not often having words.
He did not swear.
He did not smoke or drink excessively (just a little bit of wine at Sunday lunch).
Along with his wife he raised two children, paid their school fees & tertiary tuition, reminding them often that life is a burden we all must bear.
As they both grew older and their children grew into adulthood, Ryan found himself banished to his own company, more and more, and he seized these opportunities to lament and bemoan his existence; after all how long was this torture supposed to go on?
This is exactly the question Ryan was raising, in his mind in his own company, one Thursday morning, while his wife was off to who knows where and his children were living their own burdensome lives on another continent, with other accompaniment.
“The life after this better be good”, Ryan mumbled, “’cause this one is pretty empty.”
The words had barely escaped his mouth, when he froze in cold sweat, as he heard the strong African voice. “You have claims on a life after this one?”
He turned and saw the man standing in his foyer, smiling. Blue jeans, black t-shirt. No knife, no gun.
Before he could respond the man walked forward, placed his strong hand on Ryan’s shoulder, pressed hard and then moved past Ryan to the worn-out couch.
He sat down as if he had been there many times.
“What do you want”, Ryan asked angrily? “If its money, I don’t keep cash in the house.”
“I want your life”, said the man in the jeans and black t-shirt.
I hope you’ll find it there and enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
I hope it’ll unlock something inside of you & enable a ‘new kind of faith’ through which you’ll enjoy life in relationship with God.
It is simple and easy to read, as life should be.