I believe that I get along well with people who do not see life as I do. You may reference my previous blog on Civility and Decent Behavior, if you wish to see more about that. I believe that comes from mutual respect and agreeing to disagree.
However, that said, there is a connection that just does not happen to people if they do not share the same belief and relationship with God and Jesus Christ.
The Ultimate Connection is with God through His son Jesus. I am not talking about religion or denomination here; I am talking about the relationship an individual has with God by turning from our own desires and natures which naturally lead us away from Him, and turning toward God and accepting His gift of eternal life through Jesus. It may not be my favorite verse or your favorite verse, but Jesus Himself says it: "Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'" (John 14:6) And fundamentally, it's about whether you believe that the words spoken are actually true, because they are there and He says it!
Not everyone who reads this will agree with me. That's OK, blogspot.com is free and you can write your own blog.
All of this is to say that, my relationships that have the spiritual component and agreement in Jesus Christ are unlike all others. There are words spoken, confidences shared, prayers prayed and physical expressions made that take it to another level.
I repeat that this is not about my church. I have believing friends in every aspect of life. This is a unique connection altogether.
It was not always so. Although I always went to church as a young person, it was not until after I was married that my mother-in-law introduced me to a magazine (using the term loosely, but it came monthly) which was Christian. The reading of this publication led me to realize that I needed to do something I had not done before, through all my years of “church.” I sinned, but I had never actually thought to myself, "I need to turn away from sin (this is a general term, but I had some things in mind too!) and turn to Jesus Christ as the complete payment for my sin."
I certainly did not have a big discussion with myself about it; once I realized it, I did it. I prayed in a way I had not done previously in corporate or even private prayer. This is the moment I was brought into a relationship with Christ. No one ever told me to write down the date, but it was in November 1978. I had been married just a year.
At that time, I didn't attend a church that surrounded me with the type of relationship I am describing. We had social relationships, and I do believe some of them are believers, but there just wasn't this sort of connection. For several years I just floundered along on my own, although I did find a church with many people of my age that helped me learn during this time. As I look back, I do not know what I would have done without those folks.
Eventually I ended up in another denomination where I wanted to raise any children God might give me. My children were born in 1983 and 1988 and reborn in 1989 and 1994. As I dedicated them to God, I knew this group of people would surround me with the connection I needed to raise them. The most important thing to me was leading them, not forcing them, to have this kind of relationship with God.
These are the people I go to first when I need uplifting, support, prayer or maybe a good laugh! They are members of many denominations, but have agreement in Christ.