As I pray and contemplate my faith, I realized that one of the most amazing conversions in the history of Christianity was the practical way in which the Apostles had to take their experiences with Jesus, his teachings, his examples and, later, after Pentecost, inspirations by the Holy Spirit, and convert that into a way of life.
How do you incorporate the radical spiritual and societal changes that Jesus proposed into your daily life? How do you change to include compassion, forgiveness, evangelism into your work, your interactions, your play? How does it effect your family? Your friends? Your goals? Your aspirations?
How do you pray? How do you celebrate your faith? What do you do when Christians gather?
This practical conversion gave us oral traditions which became the New Testament. Their incorporation and development of rituals and traditions gave us the Mass. Their selflessness gave us an model of how we should live. After all, when Jesus told them that there was no greater love than to die for a friend, he wasn’t only speaking of his own sacrifice, but more importantly, he was preparing them for their future martyrdom as a teacher of Jesus’ world-changing message.
It’s that practical expression of faith that we focus on in our stories with Sonlight Pictures. The day someone understands and accepts salvation through the endless mercy of Jesus Christ is not necessarily the end of the journey, but the beginning.
Now that I believe, now that I know, that I am aware, how do I convert that into my life?
How do I live my faith?
As long as we are imperfect and allowed to express our own flawed free will, that faith journey will be a struggle. And it’s supposed to be. You don’t build up your muscles without sacrifice and effort. And you don’t develop your faith without the same. Our faith journey is just that… a journey of faith. This means that the journey will afford us an endless supply of opportunities to express our faith through trust and love and forgiveness. That journey is not easy, but it is necessary.
The struggles of Christians living their faith are the stories we tell, wrapped in different styles, genres and approaches.
- In Club God, God teaches Stephen that, at the pinnacle of his earthly success, he must place God first.
- In Purgatory, USA we have the light-hearted daily struggles of two Christian teens learning how to deal with vanity and selfishness and envy and convert those initial impulses into selflessness and charity.
- In Forgiven we have a woman on the way to join a convent who gets caught up in a hostage situation. When she finds herself abused by her captures, she must determine if she can look at them through God’s forgiving eyes, as Jesus did on the cross.
And so on…
Our journey in faith is a life long one, full of obstacles and challenges… but the goal, the end result is remaining eternally in God’s presence.
What could be better than that?