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. 

Dublin’s Doors

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I am one of the lucky souls who has been able to travel to Ireland and see Dublin as well as the surrounding Irish countryside. What a stunningly beautiful country with verdant shades of green on their buildings and throughout the landscape. It is really even more lovely than shown in photos.

Dublin features beautiful historic buildings with vibrant painted front doors. It’s exciting to walk on cobblestone streets across famous bridges and neighborhoods that have seen so much that is good in this world and so much that is also bad over the centuries. The people of Ireland are especially friendly and cordial. No one is a stranger in Ireland. If you knock at a Dublin door…chances are you will be welcomed.

On this St. Patrick’s Day in 2014, I want you to know there is more to this holiday than excess drinking and revelry. There really was a great man who changed Ireland for the better and led them into the Christian faith. Originally from England but brought to Ireland as a slave; St. Patrick used his time as a slave to embrace Christianity. Even after he was freed to England, St. Patrick chose instead to return to Ireland and minister to the Irish. The Celtic cross that so many of us cherish was designed by St. Patrick. He was a true man of God who loved Ireland passionately.

Matthew 7:7 says: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

I wonder what St. Patrick would think today? Not just of Ireland but of the world? A world that still greatly needs God more than ever. The patron Saint of Ireland would want better for all of us. May it be so.

 

This is the day!

As Christians we are often told that every day is a great day and everything that happens has a purpose. After all, this is the day that the Lord has made…let us rejoice.

Honestly, some days are great and some days are not so great. Some days we have to work at happiness and other days the laughter flows like water. And that’s OK.

Anyone who expects life to be perfect will be sorely disappointed. But for believers, we know that disappointments come and go as we move forward in faith. Quite often, it is during the difficult moments that we find a deeper relationship with God. Enjoy the highs and work through the lows. It is just what we do. We believe this.

Someone once told me that Christians don’t have bad days. They have bad moments. A person of faith knows that something better is coming and we just walk through the valley and fear no evil. Life is good but God is better.

 “Not all of our days could be extraordinary.  But our lives still could be.”   ―  Erin Mckittrick