Today is a special day for me. Very Special. By Far the most special day of the year. October 15th. I was sitting in my office just about to crack open my Bible when I received a text from my dear friend, Kayce. "HAPPY SPIRITUAL BIRTHDAY...". Kayce has always been incredible at these sorts of things, she's that friend that remembers all the "days", all the special "querks", and is fluent in "just thinking about you" cards and gifts. In fact, I still have a very special Golden's Girls magnet she got me years ago.
As I was so deeply touched at Kayce remembering this day I began to reflect on how blessed I am.
Today is my spiritual birthday. 10 amazing years since I dedicated every fiber of who I am to my Savior, Jesus Christ. Every year this day causes so many emotions to stir inside of me. Ten years and one day ago I was one person and 9 years and 364 days ago I was a completely new one.
"Therefore if any man is in Christ, He is a new creation, old things have passed away and behold all things have become NEW"
I can't imagine my life today without Jesus Christ being apart of it. I can't imagine making it through one day without our Holy Spirit leading, guiding, helping, convicting, encouraging, comforting and instructing. When I got saved I found the One thing I had always been looking for, I found everything that I had been lacking, I found the Man I had longed for, in Him I found freedom, intimacy, love, tenderness, inspiration, excitement, comfort, and Truth.
The past ten years have been more than I could have ever imagined or asked for. I fell in love with the Savior King and He's given me a life beyond what I knew was possible. He's so much more than what we sometimes think of when we think of "church" or "Christianity". Because of the One I fell in love with I have been blessed with lots of smiles, laughter, great friends, traveling the world preaching the gospel, loving on orphans, widows, challenges and persecution (yes those things can be blessings), peace and joy indescribable, and the list could go on and on and on. I didn't deserve for Him to take this mess and make a message, I didn't earn the wonderful opportunities and blessings He's given me, I still mess up often and yet He just keeps loving, keeps giving, and keeps patiently guiding me.
It is an honor to serve Him as my Lord, as my King, as my Creator, as the One True God. It is beyond comprehension that I get to run to Him as Daddy, Lover, and Friend.
We serve such an incredibly loving God who desires to be near to His people. Each year I've fallen more in love with and grown closer to Him. I look back on the last ten years and I lose my breath at how good He is, and I can't begin to imagine what the next ten years will look like.
Give Jesus your life, every little detail of it, and watch as He takes you on the wildest ride you could have never dreamed up on your own, full of love, acceptance, peace, and joy... The greatest love story ever written.
Thank you friends and family for joining me and being apart of this journey that we've been given and thank you thank you thank you my Jehovah Cowdh, my Savior, my intimate and closest Friend, words will never do justice to give you enough praise, honor, glory, and thanks for who You are.
Be Blessed, J. Tate