My dear friend Abbie wrote something recently and I feel strongly that her words are true and want to share them here. She writes:
"It concerns me that there are some who feel as though their accepting the Gospel and joining the church, perhaps after years of avoiding or putting off doing so, will be met with even the slightest hint of "HA! We gotcha!" That there will be even a subliminal sense of "See? Told you so!" from those who are already members.
Let me say with all of the passion that is within my soul, this is not the case. If you have come to know the truthfulness of the Gospel but feel that all the fighting, whether bitter or friendly, you've done in the past makes it too late or the path too difficult to now start receiving the blessings and benefits of church membership, be assured that it is NOT too late."
It is NOT too late.
Rather than vocal battling, perhaps the fighting for some has been internal ~ that it seems too hard to live according to the standards the Lord has set for His church members... what's missing is the understanding that when the Lord asks us to do something, he not only strengthens our ability to abide, but he also provides blessings based on our obedience.
It IS possible, doable and is NOT too late!