Christian of Tomorrow

As any regulars may have noticed, the site’s name and address is now Christian of Tomorrow. This blog is dedicated to reaching this generation’s population by using articles and testimonies written by this generation’s Christian population. As such, the name change better represents our goal, and who we are. I won’t lie, we were also hindering another website/magazine. Christianity Today is a website I should have thought about when naming this blog in the first place (whoops!). Their tiny website just couldn’t grow in our shadow. So we hope the change helps them out as well as helps us be recognized as what we are. I hope you all enjoy reading from Christian of Tomorrow!

Ramblings of Foggy Weather

By Stephanie Seaton

I think that God uses foggy weather as a way of curling himself around my once frozen heart, to cushion the pieces that fall as they thaw.

I am soul weary of the ever present critic within myself and others, fostered by our society, who scoffs at a heartfelt notion. The one who tramples on those that feel deeply, as if they are weak. Those who cheapen the life of the artist, musician, pastor, councilor, and teacher because these people are not “accomplishing anything”. The one who constantly points out every flaw and does not see the beauty that lies beneath.

I want my soul to be as a flower: Soft, vibrant, fragile, fragrant, and deep. Willing to die to myself each winter so that some other fragile soul may grow where I once did.

I want to blossom in the sunlight and soak in the rain. I want to bring a splotch of unsolicited color into a gray world. The question I ask into the heart of you, the reader of these ramblings, is this:

How long has it been since you truly let yourself feel something?


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An Open Letter to the Christian Individual

By Abigail Schultz

Cody’s input: There is a trend that is sweeping across social media like a camel to water. “Open letters” allow people to share their thoughts and feelings to strangely specific types of friends or family, without all the pesky doing it yourself part. After all when writing a letter to someone who is close enough to be the focus of one, the worst part is making it personal to them or you.

Do you ever wonder if during the American Civil War, if soldiers saw others writing home and asked, “Hey friend, can you also put near the top that it’s for my wife too? Thanks!” Arguably there aren’t many dangers of this trend, but in thinking of terms of having a relationship with Christ there is no relationship if it isn’t personal and sincere. Abigail Schultz has seen this firsthand and has written a letter of her own.

Lately it seems that the new trend on Facebook has been to share “Open Letters” to friends and family. I believe I have seen just about every title imaginable… “Open Letter to My Ex,” “Open Letter to My Best Friend,” “Open Letter to My Toaster.”  There really is just no end to the amount of these articles that are floating around. You may be wondering why I am even bringing this up…I mean after all, what could this possibly be hurting? Well the truth is, nothing. I am sure that these open letters have brought smiles, tears, and even laughter to the lives of many. Actually I know this for a fact, because I have been one of them. Therefore, the problem is not with the letter itself, it is with the concept that lies behind it.

How many times have we shared one of these letters while quietly saying to ourselves, “I couldn’t have said it any better myself!” As Christians we tend to do the same thing. Continue reading

Thinking of Mom & Dad

By Jordan Guerra

I’m going to talk about something that a lot of college age students don’t want to hear: parents.

I personally feel like I have the best parents in the world. My parents have expectations of me, and I try to meet them. I don’t want to let my parents down. I probably feel this way because of Sunday School. Do you remember when we had a lesson over each of the 10 commandments? I feel like we had twice as many lessons over the commandment: honor your father and mother. That was drilled into our heads as children! Today I’m going to talk about some things in the Bible that wasn’t mentioned to me in Sunday School.

In Deuteronomy 21, the Bible says that if a child isn’t obedient to their parents, the parents could take the child to the town square and the community could stone him/her. Exodus 21 says that if a person curses his/her mother or father they will be Continue reading

It’s Ok to Not Feel Ok

By Jordan Guerra

We’re all allowed to have bad days. Some feel worse than others. When those days happen sometimes it can be difficult to completely give everything to God for many reasons. So heres some scripture that may help you out!

Know it’s okay that you don’t feel happy sometimes.

“To everything there is a season… A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” Ecclesiastes 3:1&4

Know that God really does care about your troubles. He has every one of your tears and remembers them.

“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?” Psalm 56:8

God wants you to give all of your worries to Him because He loves you.

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Joy and healing will come in time.

“In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Psalm 94:19

Forgive

By Jordan Guerra

“I love someone else.”

“I lied.”

“You’re wrong.”

“You’re nothing.”

People say mean things. That’s part of life. People hurt us, and that hurt turns into anger and bitterness. A problem in our society is that when all of these things happen, we think we have every right to hold a grudge. Anger is an understandable reaction to pain, but do we really have any RIGHT to hold a grudge for somebody treating us wrong?

Sin entered the world years ago when Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit. From then on we were no longer perfect. Starting with Cain and Able, each of us were born into sin. The part that really stinks is that we can’t just blame the devil. Yes, the devil tempted Eve, but Eve gave in. We give into sin every day. Here’s something else that stinks, every time we sin God can’t look at us. Habakkuk 1:13 says that God’s eyes are so pure that He can’t look at wickedness. Continue reading

Three hundred and sixty-five days with Lupus

I’m still here, but there is a part of me that is gone.
I’ve spent the last three hundred and sixty-five days muddling through the grief brought on by being diagnosed with Lupus.

I’ve spent the last three hundred and sixty-five days mourning the loss of my former self.

I’ve spent the last three hundred and sixty-five days crying and screaming and asking God why?, all out of frustration and confusion.

I’m only twenty-three years old – I shouldn’t feel like I’ve lost a part of myself to not only one, but four autoimmune diseases.

Yet – here I am a year later, still here.

The process of grief is natural – it is to be expected.

In Ecclesiastes, the author mentions how, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:”. Further down into the chapter, it specifically states various times such as: “a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to Continue reading

Broken

By Jordan Guerra

I transferred from a junior college to a university in June of 2015. That was a huge step of faith for me, and I was completely miserable. I was diagnosed with depression in August 2015. I remember feeling completely lost and lonely. I didn’t like that my plans were not working out. In August I told God, “I’m done making plans for my life. I’m not happy with what I have chosen. God, be in control.”

*WARNING* When you tell God that He is in control, prepare yourself for major changes in your life.

As my first full semester went on as a junior, many things began to change in my life Continue reading