Sunday, August 28, 2011

A dip in the Ocean/ #1 gets baptized

So last weekend my oldest son was baptized. Let me explain what that means. The act itself does not guarantee that he is on his way to Heaven. It is a symbolic act showing what has been done with the heart. It is also why we don't baptize our children as infants. According to our tradition it is done after you have made the decision to follow Christ. Last summer, he made a decision to let God be in control of his life. It means that he recognized that there was nothing good in him unless it came from God. It was a special time to see him start to gain understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Adam and I believe that each of our children must make that decision on their own. We do not prompt them, but are open to answer questions and respond to what their hearts are feeling. This year our church, Sandals church, had their annual beach baptism. It was so amazing. Over 200 people did the symbolic act of baptism saying that want to follow God with all their hearts. Does this mean they are perfect and won't mess up? NO!!! For some reason people tend to think that Christians are perfect and that couldn't be further from the truth. The fact is we are doing the best we can relying on God to help us make the right decisions. We also know that God has sent his perfect son to die and cover all of our imperfections. It seems completely unfair and not right, but God loved/s us too much to allow us to die in our sins with no hope and purpose. I pray that my boys will learn to lean and develop the relationship with God. In all honesty it is the one thing that gives me hope when life seems to be in a downward spiral. My own efforts never amount to much, but when I work with God I find that I have the strength and clarity to make it through. Anyway, here are the pics.

Dad got to baptize him in the Pacific Ocean at Corona Del Mar.
It was cold, but good. (sorry about the guy in the pic, but you take what you get)

We spent the rest of the day enjoying the beach with friends and family. It was a great day.
Here is a funny video of #4 enjoying the waves.

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