WHY I BECAME A MINISTER
People often asked me if I became a minister because my family is FULL of them. My answer is, "No".
I became a minister because I believe there is more to "religion" than what I was taught growing up. I don't believe that the so called "Christian" way is the only way and I believe that different "civilizations" for lack of a better word, worship the same "God" in their own way; the main thing is that we are all looking for that "Spiritual" connection and it is done in different ways in different places.
I became a minister because I feel there is a need for compassion and a desire to reach out to those who have been "thrown to the wolves" from churches and so called "christian" families because their belief and/or lifestyle does not fit the "norm" of things.
I believe that a minister must have an open mind, an open heart, an open soul, and a true compassion for those who need to find their "spiritual" path and to help guide them while on their spiritual journey.
I believe the ministry has no place for ministers who are close-minded or have their own agenda for their own glory and that is why I left the "mainstream" ministry. That is why I have begun the process and work of starting Universal Fellowship, a Universal Life Church, in Baltimore, MD.
I believe in Jesus as God's son, others believe him to be a prophet who God gave supernatural powers to. I believe that God is our ultimate goal and however one gets there…of course I am not including evil in this picture because God is not evil…God is love. Sometimes he allows us to go through things to help our "character" grow, things that we all think we could do without. I know there have been many things I would have rather not gone through, but I did, and I matured one way or another. I think it all depends on how we "go through it". A wise man once told me that you determine your outcome. You can take what you are given with a grain of salt and allow that grain of salt to clean you of what you need to be cleaned of and come out "sweet smelling" and one that others will enjoy being around, or you can allow the situation to make you a bitter, angry person and ultimately cause you to be a very lonely and miserable person, it all depends on you.
I have been that bitter, anger, miserable, lonely person, and I didn't like it one bit! I asked God for guidance and help, and even though I did not like the answers I got from the people He sent me to help me through it, instead of giving up, I took it with that grain of salt, let it work its way through and I became the better person for it. Don't get me wrong, I still have days when I'm not all that sweet, but you know what? God still loves me and that's all that matters…and that's the message I have been given to share. When it comes down to it, a true minister is one who has been called by God to give a message, like the prophets of old, and my message is, no matter what you have done, who you are, or where you are, God loves you and wants you to come home. Like the father and the prodigal son!
Blessings to all,
Rev. Lori C
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