Firsts are important. They mark the beginning of something. They mark achievement. They mark changes. They are memorable. Parents remember the day their child took their first breath. They remember their children’s first day of school. We remember our first job, our first driver’s license, and our first kiss. This year is a really big year of first’s for Treneé and I:

  1. We just celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary yesterday.
  2. This year we both reached the point where we have been married longer than we were single
  3. Stephen graduates from High School (but moves into a transition program until he is 21)
  4. Abigail is getting married
  5. Treneé opened her own private practice

Another first that most of us have is the first time we really understood what Christianity was. The first time we recognized that we were sinner’s, separated from God by what we had done, and the first time we realized that God loved us enough to sacrifice His only Son for our sin.

Paul says, “our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). Firsts don’t mean end or last. Firsts start journey’s. My marriage lasting longer than my single life is just another step in my married life. Stephen’s graduation is the beginning of a new phase in his life. And our first step in Christian faith begins a journey that will last an eternity. Paul says, “our salvation is nearer than when we first believed” (Romans 13:11). He goes on to say that this means we should “discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light…walk with decency…not in carousing and drunkenness; not in sexual impurity and promiscuity; not in quarreling and jealousy” (Romans 13:12-13). In our Christian faith firsts mark the beginning of a change that should be working continually towards a more Christ-like life.

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