The interesting or perhaps scary thing about me, is if I have a good conversation with you, and I’m actually interested in what you’re saying, it’ll probably end up in a blog post. Maybe someday, I’ll be able to make that same statement, but the result will come out in book form…

In other words, I was talking to a friend last night who has been following God for about six months now and who is finally coming down off his recently saved “high.” Unless you’ve grown up in the church and never faltered, we’ve all experienced this time, it involves potent emotions which are typically emphatically euphoric, hyperactive involvement in the church, and some statistics say that in our first six months or year of being saved, we invite more people to church and lead more people to the Lord than the next thirty years. I would argue with that statement, but then again, I’m just surrounded by incredible people all the time so perhaps that is the trend…

Well son, there comes a time in every young man’s life where something happens. He starts to feel strange, and even begins looking at people around him a little differently. He notices that people make mistakes, and has inevitably made a few himself, and is beginning to understand that Christianity isn’t ALL fun and games (though much of it can be if you’re at the right church…) Then there’s that first big disappointment, it isn’t the same for everyone, for some, it might be the “fall” of a close Christian friend, others it might develop from some sort of tragedy, but there’s that moment when your faith has to be viewed through another lens. You can’t simply smile at God like you have all the time, but there’s a crying out to him. Welcome to Christian puberty. Once it hits, you’re never the same again.

Just like the natural changes that we go through, this isn’t necessarily bad, even though it might be scary for some. We see several instances of it in the Bible, Paul talks about the testing of your faith (James 1:3), working out your salvation with fear and trembling (Phil 2:12), and dare I mention Job? His faith-puberty even included boils and the death of everyone BUT his naggy old wife! The point then, is to look at what we are before this hits, and to understand that we don’t have to become jaded, bitter people in the process. We should understand that we are growing and changing, and that perhaps, we’ll come out stronger, taller and possibly even more hairy in the end. So good luck to all you newly saved Christians and remember, when it hits, God is still in control.