God Life

Better than I could have dreamed of

I can remember as early as 11 or 12 knowing that marriage and kids was something that I wanted. I got married at 25 and became a father at 27, before then I thought I knew how it would go. What my kids would be like, what my wife would be like, what being married and living with a woman and having rugrats running around would look like. And it is so much better, like way better, like a billion billion times better. I try to tell my wife sometimes how she’s better than the wife of my dreams, and I’m sure she just thinks I’m trying to sweet talk her, but she is. I never knew the way a kid that you helped make and that you are responsible for would make you feel, and man is it cool. My ideas and concepts of love, marriage, fatherhood have been so changed over the last many years. It’s hard to talk with someone about it if they aren’t in it themselves or haven’t been through it, they just don’t understand. It’s one of the reasons that I get so excited when I hear that people are getting married, or are having kids. I just can’t wait for them to experience what I’ve been blessed to experience.

God’s been like that for me too. Before God I didn’t really care much about religion; it was a stuffy, rigid, repetitive thing that was boring, outdated and seemed to be all about rules. I was fine just doing my own thing and making my own life. But then by some coincidences that happened (in hindsight they weren’t) I started to learn about God and found that what I had learned as “religion” was so wrong, and that God’s plan was “relationship”. And suddenly everything changed. Just like marriage or being a parent it’s a joy and love and growing that can’t properly be explained and can only be experienced. It’s one of the reasons I get so excited when I hear that someone has been saved, they now are able to feel and experience what I could never put into words for them.

There’s a song by Rivers and Robots called “Dreams” that, referring to God, goes:

You are like nobody else,

You’re more than I could ever have dreamed of..

You’re better than I ever knew,

You’re more than I could ever have dreamed of..

People like nice breaks in things to mark a change; a new year, a new relationship or maybe a finished relationship, or the first of the month, or even just a Monday. It’s a great time to start new habits, or make a change. Let today be the day for you, let it be the time that you decide to turn away from the ways of the world, and turn to (or get back in) relationship with God the Father who through Jesus doesn’t care about your past, but wants your heart. He is better and more than you could ever have dreamed of.

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