A friend asked me “why?” Why should my life as a Christian make nonbelievers question their disbelief in God?

I answered by quoting scripture (NOT from memory, mind you): “Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives.” ~1 Peter 2:11-12

She answered, “I was kind of hoping you’d use your own words.”

Ah, my own words, yes, of course.

I believe that the best way to show the difference that God has made in my life, is how I live. I’m not perfect, people aren’t perfect. We can’t be. Anyone who says that being a Christian makes them a better person is lying. I’m not a better person because I’m a Christian; I’m a better person because of what God does through me. I’m still very much imperfect, but purposeful in my life. The light inside me is the Holy Spirit, which gives me hope in the hopeless world. I hope that people who don’t believe in God see that light and it makes them curious; a curiosity that makes them wonder and ponder unearthly things. Unfortunately, many Christians lose sight of this. They try to pin God’s rules on nonbelievers, and that’s wrong. God loves us all, but we’re not all His. Once we’re His, we enter into what God wants most: our relationship with Him. God is about relationship. The rules–we all quibble about those–are there for our protection and ours to choose to follow. If we don’t covet our neighbor’s new car, we free ourselves from wasting time and energy on meaningless envy. I just hope that through my love of God and my imperfections, it causes nonbelievers to question what it is that gives me peace and light and love that you can’t find in earthly things.