“You are?! I didn’t know that.” | Lenore Diane’s Thoughts Exactly. If you haven’t read this blog..it is well worth the time to read! I enjoyed it tremendously. It was a blog about the author’s surprise at how a good friend was surprised to find out she was a Christian. Lenore had shared personal thoughts, family sound offs, and other things from time to time…enough personal information people wouldn’t ordinarily know about, but the friend was surprised to know she was a Christian. It reminded me of a statement that went around emails years ago…”if you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to prove it?” Certainly something to think about for those who think your personal spiritual health is important. It made me look at myself. I tend to be an introvert, even now that I am pretty comfortable in my skin and not worried too much what people think anymore. I can be quite happy as a hermit and enjoy my own company. So, who’s going to know I am a Christian? I am lucky that something must shine through despite myself, because people at work quite telling dirty jokes around me many years ago. And they tend to come to me to ask for prayer when a personal problem or family crisis they need support on. For awhile, that gave me a sense of pride until I realized I probably needed to pray about that also! My spiritual growth has been made mostly through unwilling cooperation with the promptings of God and the Holy Spirit. I tend to want to do what I want to do when I want to do it, and have not always wanted to live an obedient life! That blog was a reminder that despite feeling comfortable in my age, in my peace, or in my place in this life, it is not because of me that I have accomplished anything. Alone, I tend to be fearful, unwilling to put myself “out there”, a master at procrastination and quite unremarkable. I can be rude or short with the best of them, selfish and unsympathetic. With my faith firmly planted in God and practiced in prayerful trust, I am a different person…at peace, comfortable where I am, confidant in what I can do, and thankful for what I have and the health I enjoy! I can sympathize and concern myself with others instead of thinking “What about me?” To quote a song, “I am not who I once was”. I have come a long way from there! Thank God for that! And thanks for the reminder, I’m not done yet! I still have a long way to go!
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