Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Just a few things

First let me start by saying that my digital book is a no go. I need more time to learn how to do it. That being said, I have started a 12X12 traditional one. It won't be ready in time for Mother's Day but not too far behind.

I am torn right now. It is not my place to judge and to be honest...God is so good that I am at peace with situation that has nothing to do with me. LOL I am laughing so much right now because I sound ridiculous as I type it out. I was putting myself into something that really was none of my business, yet I got caught up in the frenzy of it all. Which makes me wonder, how easy would I fall for propaganda against a person, race, economic level...or any other way a group can single out another group? I think pretty easily if I did not have God to ground me. Ok, I got swept up in an ordeal at a forum. A sad situation but nothing I could add could change anything yet I kept adding, kept reading the responses...there was a thrill that I felt about it.

But I stepped back for a moment and I had a stirring and I couldn't explain it but I had to address it. And here is what came out...compassion and love and prayers for those involved. Oh how we love to be loved. How we love to be accepted just as we are. How wonderful it is to be vulnerable and feel safe. But with that love comes a desire to be more. Great line from Jack Nicholson in the movie "As Good As it Gets"..."You make me want to be a better man." Ohh that was good. Let me repeat it..."You make me want to be a better man."

God loves us in our brokenness but he loves us so much that he doesn't want us to stay broken. And as followers of Christ, we have a desire to become a better man. I mean think about it. Matthew was a tax collector and Jesus loved him before Matthew even started to follow Jesus but he didn't stay a tax collector and tell those he collected taxes from.."Jesus loves me just the way I am and he loves you too." No, he left his job and served. That is what we are to do. We are to die to self and serve. We should want to become a better man or woman. He wants us to receive all the blessings but that comes from obedience, redemption, humility and most of all Love. My husband said it best...if we would do everything with love, we wouldn't break any commandments. In love sometimes we have to sacrifice some of our joys to make amends to those we have hurt. Sometimes we have to be torn down so that we cannot boast that it is not from our strength but His that we are able to receive victory. When we sin we sin against God but sometimes in our sin we hurt others. God forgives us for our sins but we must still do all that we can to stop the pain of those we hurt. Sometimes that means letting go of our pride, sometimes it means going above and beyond what society has asked us to do and do what Jesus would do.

But in that same brokenness, we as Christians need to support one another. Now I am not saying to clean up someone else's mess but to keep focus on God and when we say things to tear someone down, to pass judgement, we are not doing something in love. We are in fact, saying we are better than them and even if we do sin our sin is not as great. That is not so. Sin is sin. We are called to shed light into the darkness, not sit there and join it.

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