This Facebook memory made me think of a challenge our pastor gave us nine Lents ago--Instead of giving something up for Lent this year, do something radical.
My response was to write a blog post entitled Sincerely Wrong, in which, for the first time since becoming a Christian, I openly shared about my New Age past, and about having authored a book on numerology.
As I wrote, I became convicted that this was not enough. It was time to bring all the other things I didn't talk about into the open as well, because just maybe, there was someone out there who needed to hear it.
At first the thought was daunting, because I was a very private person, and in order to tell my whole story there were things I would need to write about that I had been too ashamed to tell anyone. But what I learned through the process was that once you bring the hidden things out into the open, they lose their power over you. It's a very freeing experience.
By that September (2011), I had penned and published a memoir that included the full testimony of how the Lord rescued me from the darkness I'd immersed myself in. It is available in paperback and electronic formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble.com, and Google Play.
Yesterday my daughter and I went to the movies to see Little Women. It was the first time I'd gone to a movie theater in years, and I was dumbstruck at the changes that have taken place since then.
No more sitting wherever you please. Seats are assigned when you buy your ticket, or can be reserved in advance.
No snacks or drinks are allowed in the auditorium other than those purchased at the concession stand--not even water, which is outrageously priced at almost $5.00 a bottle.
And the concession stand is no longer just a stand. The choices are flabbergasting, and include a full food and liquor menu.
Is this how it is everywhere else as well, or just in my neck of the woods?
The auditorium held some surprises as well. Cushy reclining chairs on rows raised high enough that no one has to worry about not being able to see over some tall person's head--a most welcome feature for short people like me.
I really enjoyed the movie, and the scenery was gorgeous. Definitely two thumbs up!