So what is this blog all about?
Right off the bat, I need to say that I don’t actually live on Second Avenue, nor do I know where it is located. I apologize for any confusion I may have caused.
But what this blog is really about, is my second chance at life.
As a previous foreigner of the Christian faith, I lived half my life as a wanderer. I didn’t have any sense of direction, my morals compass was crooked, my relationship with people was collectively poor…Needless to say, life was very much a blur and making sense of that blur on my own wasn’t taking me anywhere.
But in high school, in all the rubble I trapped myself under, God, in His wondrous love and grace, found me. My eyes became opened to see the depths of His love for the world and what amazed me even more was that fact that the world included me. In this divine appointed collision, my heart was also awakened to feel the weight of my own sin. I then realized my desperate need for rescue and reconciliation. That is when I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Now I live a life that seeks to honor Him–or at least I try to. I mean, I ain’t perfect, but I try!
This new life really hasn’t been any easier, but surely in it, I have not only witnessed, but witnessed a surpassing fruitfulness and joy that I wouldn’t trade the world for. However, from living this life out, I know there can and will be exceedingly dark days. Days where you may feel entrapped in a labyrinth darkness, with no daylight of hope. Days where you feel like a dog constantly returning to its own vomit, repeating deadly cycles of sin. In light of these things, I wrote this blog to send a message of hope rooted deeply in a set of passages and verses that brought and are continuing to bring me out of the gutter.
This entire chapter is a blanket of comfort for my soul and a foundational piece of my personal testimony. The three parables illustrated by Jesus simply show how much God seeks reconciliation with man and that still shocks me and leaves me in awe. Knowing that He stands patiently at the doorstep of grace awaiting our repentant hearts to return to Him is so touching and has continually been a truth that has brought me back to Him.
2 Corinthians 5:17
This verse captures the truth behind the sufficiency of the righteousness of Christ to cover us and declares us righteous. Christ has pronounced us as new creations and so that we could bask in this newness of this life that we live in Him. We are no longer the people we were yesterday. Surely we’ve made and even now continue to make mistakes, but we need to move forward and start living this new life, a life on Second Avenue. There will certainly be days where we feel unchanged, like the people we once were. But the fact is, He has given us new life. So lets start living it, in step with the Spirit, our Helper who guides us through all of life’s ups and downs.
This verse emphasizes the forward-looking mentality that is fixated in the gospel. As I said before, we fall into sin again and again and again. But let’s not keep dwelling on the shame that comes along with these falls, but to move forward, finding and employing the wisdom attained from our falls. Jesus told the woman “caught” in adultery to go and sin no more.
So the goal of this blog is to share the insights I’ve attained over my journey in this new life and to lead and encourage others to partake, accept, or commit even more to this new life which I would call Second Avenue.