The Responsibility of Transformation

Romans 12:2

We all go though seasons in our life that pushes us to grow. There is no bigger growth than the one when you decided to follow Christ.

I was raised in a Catholic family and knew of God, went to church and Sunday school, but I never truly knew what it meant to have an intimate relationship with Him, His son and the Holy Spirit.

My transformation began four years ago when I decided to check out a little, non-denominational church in Edmonds. The sermon that day was about The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-28). A light went on! I knew God gave us our talents and abilities, but the part I was missing was that we are supposed to use them to glorify Him. We shouldn’t hide these talents or bury them in the sand. That’s when the idea of working at SPIRIT 105.3 was born. I didn’t know it at the time but that sermon changed the course of my life.

I dove into learning everything I could about Christianity and how it applied to my life as a new mother, wife, daughter, sister, friend and career woman.  I found some great women mentors at the church. They ultimately helped lead me to my salvation. I accepted Christ into my heart on March 23, 2012 and I will be baptized this Easter.

Although I am closer to God and have an intimate relationship with Him, my transformation is far from complete. I am in the season of what my pastor would say is, “Character Transformation.” I want good character to become second nature.  Transformation can happen through the way of indirection or training.  As a metaphor, it’s like the famous pilot, Sully Sullenberger, whose thousands of hours of training paid off when two of his main engines died because a flock of geese flew into them. He had to make a quick decision. Captain Sully decided in a split second to land the plane in the Hudson River. He didn’t have time to pull out the owner’s manual to figure out what to do. He had to rely on his years of experience and training. It had became second nature to him.

Our “owner’s manual” is the Bible. Discipleship is sometimes three steps forward two steps back, but you have to keep on going. My responsibility of transformation comes from discipline, obedience, solitude, worship, service, prayer, study, simplicity, confession, guidance, meditation and love.

Let God continue to do good work in all of us!

Philippians 1:9-11

Love,  Ana