Here’s the letter/tract I mentioned in my last post. Any pointers? Places for improvement? It’s still a work in progress. Feel free to modify and use it as you see fit.
I hope this little gift helps to you. I know this time is hard, but hang in there.
You have good reason to keep going. There lives a God who loves you! He made everything, from the tiniest cells to the hugest galaxies. When we look at the beauty of the sky and stars, we see echoes of His glory and power. Sometimes, we experience a scene so beautiful that we feel transported out of this world. God kisses us through nature. When we see its beauty, we taste a small part of the Father’s love, and we want more. But then it’s gone. Give it fifteen minutes, and the sunset has ended or we’re anxious about money or our health or we’re cold. Why do glimpses of love, freedom, and beauty vanish so quickly?
The Bible says that we’re like children who have run from our Father’s house. Rather than remaining in His love, we’ve walked down our own paths away from Him. The Bible calls this “sin,” and sin causes everything from global poverty to parents neglecting their children. Walking away from God’s ways has led to the problems we see in the world, so that now instead of the beautiful world God intended, we live in a messed up place.
However, God made a way for us to return to Him. He made an appearance in the flesh as a human being: Jesus Christ. About 2,000 years ago, Jesus came and lived a perfect life and enjoyed the unbroken love of God. But the climax and purpose of His coming was His death. He was crucified, one of the most brutal forms of execution ever invented. And when He died, He became a sponge for sin and took the sins of the world onto Himself. They then buried Him, along with the world’s sin.
But three days later, He leapt out of the grave, alive. After spending some final days with His followers, He returned to heaven.
Jesus now extends the offer of life to us. If we will follow Him, He will take the burdens of our lives onto His strong shoulders. But we’re not just forgiven; God gives us a new life. The living and all-powerful God Himself will come and dwell in us. He will be with us and never let go, no matter the troubles we go through.
He reaches out His hand and speaks. “Will you follow me? Will you take hold of the life which I created you for?”
If you want to follow Him, come to Him in prayer and speak as to a close friend. Tell Him something like, “I’ve gone down the wrong trail in life, but now I want to follow You. Jesus, I believe in You and everything you did. Take my sins, forgive me, and raise me into Your new life.”
Then go out and follow Him. Find a good church and walk out life with them as a family. Get a Bible and start reading it. You can trust Him to speak through that book and to give you comfort and help.
I’m about 30 now, and I’ve followed the Lord my whole life. Well, as best I can. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way. But I’ve found more peace and happiness in Him than anywhere else. He has never done me wrong, and my life without Him would be a train wreck.
Though the entire world despise and reject you, He watches over you with yearning.
Image © Chris, 2014