Today I had the opportunity to get some coffee with a dear friend of mine from my freshman year up here at Utah State. It's always nice catching up with old friends. We chatted for a couple hours and time flew.
Growing up in Utah isn't all that people make it seem to be. Don't get me wrong, I am so blessed to have been raised how I was raised, but it's different. Growing up, I was never strong in the church and I really had some personal experiences that made me question and fall away. People tended to look at me a little different at my high school when the majority were members. College came and I thought it would be a little different, but it wasn't. I got asked, "When are you leaving on your mission?" a lot and my response was, "Uhh. . I'm not." Some people accepted that, and some people didn't. The dating scene was challenging because you meet this amazing girl and she finds out you're not going on a mission and her whole mindset changes. Does that make me a bad person? People assume that if you didn't go on a mission, you have either: A.) made some mistakes B.) party a ton C.) are selfish
For me, none of those applied. It just wasn't for me.
So today, we discussed life and all that comes with it. There are only a couple of people that completely understand me and how I work, and my dear friend is one of them. We discussed how Spirituality is so important and how dare people accuse me of not having a close relationship with God just because I don't belong to their church. I realize that most of my blog readers are members, and I am not bashing you at all. I completely respect you. It was just nice to know that some people can still see the good in people even though they don't belong to the same religion. It was reassuring to know that the good in people often outweigh the bad. It made me look forward to the future. It was inspiring. It's so nice to have those people to go to who understand my relationship with God and how important it is to me. Because my God isn't different than yours.
I strongly suggest reading The Shack
to anyone who is interested in reading about Spirituality and how that word can mean so many different things. It changed my life. I hope I don't offend anyone because that is not what I meant to do. I am just grateful for people in my life who love me for me and not for my decisions or lack thereof.