I am a 30 year old witer/artist/cartoonist with a bachelor’s degree in English. The only problem with that is that I won’t be teaching. I just don’t think it’s for me.
I’m also a Christian, and while that may not be apparent from my comics, I strive to live up to that calling. I’ve struggled with a chronic, life long illness, which, if you’re close to me, you know about. Jesus has always been there for me. I’ve been adopted by the Father, and am His child. Jesus is the only way to approach God, and it’s so simple to start a relationship with him. Knowing God and Jesus is the only thing that matters ultimately. That’s how you get eternal life, and that’s how you get abundant life here. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection as the Incarnate Son of God, we have access to the relationship we were designed for, and so much more. Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me,” That’s what I believe.
Before I was a Christian, I was a child in despair. I was lonely, afraid, and angry often. When I heard about God the Father in church, and learned about Jesus, His Son, I hoped for adoption.. I remember sitting on my bed, praying, accepting Jesus into my heart, and praying for the power to change the world. I was 10 years old. After I became a Christian, I was less angry. I had more peace, more patience, and although I was still lonely, it was easier to bear.
It’s funny how your testimony and perspective changes. I was diagnosed with a chronic illness at 15. I’ve lost friends, nearly died several times, and suffered quite a bit. Although I can’t say that I’m as lovely or as happy as when I first became a Christian, God’s love has grown deeper in my heart. I can be kind to those who wrong me, forgive those who hurt me, and patient with people who can’t/don’t want to understand. I struggle more with negative emotions, but I find that God is patient and kind with me, even when I don’t deserve it.
People think this salvation thing is a once turning to God. It is, but it’s more than that. You find in your life there are times when God feels distant, when you do things that you know are wrong, or you’ve suffered bitter heartache. In those time you turn again to God. Maybe that’s what repentance is, turning away from things that don’t work to and turning towards God, who “works all things for the good of those that love him and are called to his purpose,”(Romans 8:28)
So I invite you to consider Jesus’ claims. He was not a good teacher or a good prophet. He was a man claiming to be God who changed the world by his life, death, and resurrection. I invite you, to pray to Him, in your own words, expressing your need, for “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,” Acts 2:21
Even if you don’t agree with my beliefs, you can still enjoy my comics. I read a lot of comics and books and watch movies by people that think differently than me. I think you’re probably mature enough for that, and I hope I am, too.