The biggest impact that Orthopraxis had on me was that it helped me develop an actual relationship with God. I realized that when I attended church in the past or when I was jumping from church to church, I didn’t really understand what developing a relationship meant. I was just a consumer—just listening and walking out of the service feeling better about myself. I never digested the word or put into practice what I learned.
When I first took Orthopraxis, that was the season I was in. My heart and my mind were not open to receive. After Orthopraxis, I left church and fell straight back into my previous lifestyle. I did whatever pleased me and acted unfaithfully to God. In my mind, as long as I didn’t hurt others, God would understand. Taking Orthopraxis the second time around helped me develop a relationship that is centered on God.
I was able to strengthen that relationship through prayer and worship. I had times of solitude so that I could listen, communicate and understand God.
I was able to appreciate all the blessing that he’s provided me and understand that all this is his will and not time. I’m learning to accept authority and under that not all authority is bad in nature. There is good authority that can help you become more obedient with God and lead you in the path of righteousness. I’m learning that building a covenant relationship is to love, be faithful, trustworthy, loyal and being with God. It’s accepting his rules and principles and applying them to your daily lives.
All in all, Orthopraxis has changed my outlook on how I see my relationship with my family, friends and my significant other. The biggest impact has been to my relationship with my significant other. We are communicating better, loving one another more in line with God’s vision, and understanding each other more and more with every passing day.
Kevin works for the County of Los Angeles for the Department of Water and Power (DWP). He is engaged to the love of his life, Tiffany, and they plan to get married next year.