Checking Off Your Boxes
For years Mitzi Jones proudly carried her super-cute monogrammed Bible bag into church on Sunday mornings. Yet it would sit in the floorboard of her car ‘til the following Sunday. Through the week she didn’t read God’s word, didn’t devote the first part of her day to prayer, meditation, or Bible study. Her prayer life was practically nonexistent. Mitzi's lack of knowledge and understanding of God’s Word left her vulnerable to brokenness.
Mitzi shared with me, "If I could compare my Christian walk with any story in the Bible, it would be how the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years when the journey should’ve only taken 11 days (Deuteronomy 1-2). Why did their journey take so long? They were disobedient and so was I(Joshua 5:6)."
Mitzi made it clear that she believed that Jesus died on the cross for her sins, but her daily life didn’t reflect it. All she did was go to church and check off her boxes: brought her Bible, brought the kids to Sunday School, brought them back on Wednesday night for Mission Friends or Youth Group, put a little money in the offering plate, etc. She would just go through the motions.
There was nothing special about a Saturday night in January of 2018. Mitzi was sitting in her living room all alone. Her husband was working and the teenagers were all off doing their own thing. Most women would delight in having this time and usually this was the case for her, but something was different on this night.
Mitzi told me, "I felt a loneliness I have never felt in my life, even during the darkest times when loneliness was inevitable, I had never experienced this type of sadness. It was deep inside me and I knew it was a void that not a person or a thing could fill. All of a sudden out of nowhere and I mean nowhere, I felt a strong conviction over me. This was the night I came to the end of myself and let the Holy Spirit guide me. No longer would I be the lukewarm Christian that Jesus would say to, '…I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matthew 7:21-23)
Mitzi would like nothing more but to share the many testimonies of how God showed up with His goodness and grace for when she didn’t even give Him time of day. And how over and over how He has revealed himself to her though His word. This past year one thing Mitzi's learned about God’s character is that He never changes. He keeps His promises when we don’t. He keeps His promises even when “they” don’t. I thank God every day for not changing His mind about me.
Thank you so much for sharing your story Mitzi Jones! Come back next week for another How So&So Became Reckless4Jesus!