Public displays of perfection…

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I don’t know why so many people feel that we have to wear a public persona that creates an image or brand we want the world to see. I feel certain it is because we desire to be judged favorably by others.

The demand for perfection increases with our perception of what we are led to believe is acceptable by others especially through television and print media. Even Christian programs promote a certain type of believer who is valued over others. 

We sometimes make the mistake of allowing outside influences to affect our faith. We try to change ourselves to be something we are not. We try to fit a Christian “mold”.

I love an imperfect Christian. In reality, that is ALL of us. It’s the little blemishes and warts that make us desirable. The Christian who is striving for more and for a closer walk with God is the perfect Christian. The Christian who loves their neighbor is the perfect Christian. The Christian who realizes that perfection really won’t be accomplished until we cross over into eternity is my kind of person. 

In short, let’s be original. Let’s be authentic. Let’s accept our differences and try to be better. That’s truly the path to perfection. 

Go big or go home?

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I don’t know who came up with this quote but I don’t like it.

Firstly, it implies that going home is akin to losing. Nothing could be further from the truth. Home is the opposite of losing – home is sanctuary. Go big AND go home. That’s a win-win.

Secondly, who doesn’t want to go big? Let’s be real…I love going big, I’m a Christian…I serve a big and mighty God. The bigger the better!

Finally, I like to think in the positive. I wake up and hope for a big and wonderful day. Don’t you?

I prefer to say Go Big or Go Big! That sounds like the best concept to me.

Just go.

 

Ephesians 6:10

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

 

 

I love to tell the story…memories of Dad

ImageToday is the 4th anniversary of my Dad passing from this life into the next. I never met anyone like Dad. He was wholly committed to Jesus and he told anyone he met about the Lord.

One of my favorite stories is when my parents and I were at a local mall and Mom and I went into a store leaving Dad outside. Suddenly, I looked out to see Dad chatting with an elderly gentlemen. I nudged my Mom and told her Dad was winning someone for Christ. When we were done shopping, I walked out to say hello to the sweet man and told him that my Dad was a committed Christian.

Surprisingly, the man told me that he was so impressed that Dad would just walk up to him and share the gospel. No one had ever done that to him.

What made it all the more impressive is that my Dad was unknowingly witnessing to the Senior Pastor of a large Baptist church.

Dad was “saving” a Baptist preacher. Dad wasn’t embarrassed because he was not ashamed to share the love of Christ with anyone he met. Dad told the Pastor he was glad to know he didn’t have to worry about him. It cracked me up.

I hope if someone ever shares Jesus with you that you will let them tell their story and witness to you. You may know more than they do and you may be a lifelong Christian but to the person with a true, deep and loving relationship with the Lord – their words mean something and they want to be sure you are saved.

Dad brought more people to Christ than anyone I know. I’m so very proud of him. I miss him greatly.

In loving memory: S.A. Parvin –  1919 – 2010

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.

In my Easter bonnet…

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I attended an estate sale today was surprised to hear one lady walking around asking “Did someone die”, Oh, how sad!” – she couldn’t seem to get past the fact that yes, someone passed away and their belongings were now for sale.

I see things differently. I looked around at the sweet lady’s hats, gloves and costume jewelry. She had a lot of jewelry…but I thought to myself that this lady must have lived large and enjoyed her time on this earth. I also saw that she was a church member who left a well-read Bible. All in all, you can tell a lot about a person by their “things” and she must have liked going to church looking her best.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with owning pretty things and enjoying life. I also don’t find it sad that she couldn’t take all her “things” with her into the next life. I think she knew that this world is only temporary but while she was here – she was going to wear a hat and dress up for the Lord.

I didn’t find the estate sale sad. In fact, I bought one of her hats. I’ll be wearing it to church on Easter Sunday and I’ll think of the precious soul who wore it before me. I’m sure she would be pleased.

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down — when we die and leave these bodies — we will have a home in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands.  We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long for the day when we will put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. 2 Corinthians 5:1-2