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Over the last two weeks, I have spent hours talking to and being interviewed by media outlets. Decidedly not Christian ones. Let me explain.
I am a passionate Christ follower. I firmly and fully believe Jesus Christ came into my life and changed it 100% for the better when I was 27 years old. At that time, I was dangling at the end of my emotional rope, devastated from divorce and filled with shame. I was a newly single mom with two babies, and my heart was broken. Smashed, really. I wanted to die.
I grew up in a Christian home. I learned about Jesus early on and acquired a hand-me-down faith from my parents when I was very young. I prayed to ask Jesus into my heart at 4 years old and loved church camps and youth activities until my teen years. Then I decided I wanted a break from God. It was time for me to run my own life, I thought. I put my faith aside and took control from the age of about 15 until I hit bottom and surrendered my life back to Jesus at 27. I knew there had to be more to life than the self-centered mess I had made. I told Jesus He could have my heart and I would live for Him if He could put it back together. Immediately after that prayer, I felt peace and purpose. I started on a journey of faith fully my own, not my parents’ this time, and it has been a truly marvelous adventure.
This year marks my 25th anniversary of loving Christ and allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and govern my life. It was the best decision I ever made. I believe following Jesus has made me the best version of myself I could ever be. I write and speak about subjects that align with my Christian faith – from orphan advocacy to family and marital health to devotionals that help readers get closer to God.
This year, I was asked to become the editor in chief of this website, God’s Greenery. At first, I wrestled with that decision. All my life, cannabis has been a subject that was off-limits, against the law and perceived to be dangerous. Now I find myself being interviewed by websites and podcasts such as High Times and Blunt Business, media outlets that are trying to change the perception of cannabis in all forms and advocate for it.
Why would I do that? Am I betraying my Christian beliefs? Advocating for the church to pick up some weed and get stoned? Absolutely not.
When I learned that this website centered around CBD, not marijuana, I was intrigued. I discovered scientific studies showing how beneficial CBD is promising to be in the human body, hitting a reset button in many areas if they are off-kilter and restoring homeostasis. I heard from many people finding relief from ailments that ranged from psoriasis to opioid addiction and from anxiety to PTSD. I took the job and started writing. And learning. And sharing.
I thought that, as editor of God’s Greenery, I would be educating Christians about CBD and how it differs from marijuana. I would write about how it does not get users high. I would inform Christ followers about how it is becoming legal to use. Along with the God’s Greenery team, I am doing all of those things. But I am also astounded at how much bigger God’s plans always are. I had no idea He and I would visit some really interesting places.
By offering well-researched articles, personal stories, commentaries and scripture, and health-related posts, God’s Greenery is teaching Christians about the potential health benefits of CBD. We are building a thoughtful community of Christ followers who are curious about CBD. However, by appearing on shows like Blunt Business and High Times, I am also getting a chance to teach non-Christians a little bit about the Christian faith.
In the past few weeks, most of the editors and show hosts I have been interviewed by admitted upfront they do not share my belief in Jesus. Some are Jewish. Some are atheist or agnostic. Some grew up in Christian homes and their parents still follow Christ but they decided not to. All were intrigued that God’s Greenery is asking what Jesus would do with the subject of CBD. And all of the interviewers were kind and welcoming, asking good questions and allowing me to quote Bible verses and share some of my theology.
In the famous Sermon on the Mount recounted in the gospel of Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus instructed His followers to be salt and light.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When I get to talk about Jesus in public places where He is not usually invited, I hope I’m spreading a little of His flavor. His salt. I pray I am shining His light a little brighter. That’s why I will continue to talk about CBD and Jesus in all kinds of places. In fact, I welcome the invitations and the conversations. At the end of the day, I want people who visit God’s Greenery to find health. And health is more than physical, more than mental, more than emotional. Health is also spiritual.
Welcome to the “full-spectrum” journey to health. Welcome to God’s Greenery.
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