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Aug 1, 2009

Transparency

I fear that this post is going to be a little transparent and a LOT conceited. Last night, as I was journaling, a whole flood of things came out that I didn't intend and didn't expect to write. One thought, that has stuck with me through today was about the kind of person I want to become. At the root of the person I am now lies the fact that I am SO self-centered. Let this post be an example! Or the fact that today I wore my old sneakers to go running due to the recent rain and I grumbled in my head and to my parents about how my toes were wet and the shoes had no tread or cushioning left in them. Never mind the little girl in Zambia who walked 10 miles today to get water....barefoot. Or the Kenyan refugee who ran away from the rebel military in order to survive last night wearing no shoes. Nope, I was worried about getting shin splints. So in an effort to become more gracious, welcoming, patient, hospitable, enduring, and oh, yeah, humble, I'm going to lay it all on the line and be completely transparent. All of the aforementioned qualities are ones that Jesus exemplified in his life and teachings. I don't think its completely possible to be all of them, all of the time, but I'm going to give it a try.

One other thing that I want to do is to be more giving of myself. My friend, Jen, and I had a great conversation about 2 weeks ago about the cries of the world and how we're called to answer them and she said something that's really made me think. In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the sheep and the goats, in which he says,
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (v. 35, 36 NIV)
He doesn't say "I was hungry and you gave money to a charity so that they could feed me." Now don't get me wrong, I am NOT saying that giving to charity is not good enough or that they aren't doing awesome work, but I think that its so easy for us to write a monthly check and the wash our hands of the situation, saying that we've done our part. And how often do we do these things out of moral obligation than out of the joy of Christ in our lives? It would be hypocritical of me to say that I don't struggle with this stuff. I mean, becoming a whole lot more giving is going to be difficult, considering I'm not a great risk-taker and I have a feeling this one is going to require a few leaps of faith. But I do think its good to be reminded that putting $20 in a envelope and sending it to a missionary or tithing each Sunday might not be exactly what Jesus meant when he said, "whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me."



1 comment:

  1. thanks for the link. awesome thoughts to .. well think about!

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