I am a Christian
read a post here on FB today, and it got me thinking about some things that have already been in the back of my mind, along with a few other things: "Yes, I am Christian. I do not claim to be perfect, nor act perfect. I can be the biggest hypocrite, I backslide, I stumble, LIKE EVERY CHRISTIAN. I have fallen and strayed onto the wrong path many times. I may be a mess, but I am HIS mess, and HE is slowly straightening me out. The day will come when I will be by HIS side, HIS work completed." I remember someone not too long ago sent me a message saying, "Some Christian", because of circumstances between us. It was meant as a derogatory remark. Yet, this person also claims to be a believer. It's not for me to say, but it could really sound like a hypocritical statement coming from someone who claims to be of Faith, doesn't it? But I also I know we are all at different places in our walk in Faith. I knew better and didn't respond back, comfortable with where I stood. To understand that we all have issues and faults, is a beautiful thing, and can teach us compassion, forgiveness, and love for another. I have let people push my buttons (not as much, anymore, thank You, God), and I was reactive, and still can be, but thanks to God, it's gotten better. But, I also have to be willing to work on it, so God can work on it in me. I cannot help when someone doesn't see their part in something, or when you try to admit a fault to another, and they throw it in your face. BUT, I know that I always have a part in it. Preparation to discuss an issue with another is important, although we can't always be ready. I tried to work some things out with another, and it backfired. I jumped on it, instead of pausing and even waiting until another opportunity. I wasn't prepared for how the conversation went, and I got a bit reactive, and even gave this person more of a reason to point the finger more at me. Of course, it doesn't make it right what he did, but that's between him and God. This isn't to bash anyone, but is an example of how we can try to handle different kinds of situations that pop up in life, to help us transform, spiritually. I remember saying that God will give me another chance, be it with that person, or another, and He has. Now maybe I can use these things to pass along, in order to maybe help with someone's situation in life. There are also people who will just try to push your buttons. We can't help what others do, but we can control how we react, or don't react. I am fallible, just like any other person. I can be hypocritical, because I may not see all of my faults, but they get revealed over time, and will continue to do so, until I'm no longer on this earth. All I can do is try to work on them. If others aren't working on theirs, well, it's not really my deal. I am not perfect, which is why I need Christ in my life. Even though I'm not necessarily where I'd like to be, I hopefully am not the same person I was years ago. “Slowly straightening out” is a life-long process. Some are quicker in some areas than others. Sometimes it helps to look inward in order to learn what makes us tick. It helps to see patterns, how we react, how we handle others. We can look at these things in order to ask God to help remove these things. And sometimes He may remove things without us even realizing it. I am just as bad as the next person. By human nature, I am a walking fault! But God and His grace takes care of that, and that's what really matters in the end. Keep working on it. Meet God with things, and He will meet you. And extend that same grace to others. Even if we don’t want to. "I don't really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don't do it. Instead, I do what I hate." Will I ever really fully understand myself or even others? Nope. That's God's job. But we can try. I still do things I hate, but I can learn from them, and hopefully grow from them, too. And hopefully do what's right. Then do it all over again, when something else pops up! Forgive them, Father, they know not what they do. Forgive me, Father, for I don't always know what I do. ______________ Bella is so tired. She seems to be doing ok. I hope so. She seems to have more pep in the evenings, it seems. She met a few more doggies tonight, sniffed all over the place, went for a dip, and some extra chickie tonight. I found an icy cream place that I want to visit with her in the next day or two, too! She seems to be settling in. This humidity and heat is awful, but we're managing. I guess that's all any of us can do right now. I'm so beat and am going to bed. Have yourselves a peaceful evening! This photo was taken Saturday night at Rexhame Beach. I love the blues. Feel free to contact me for prints or for use of the photo. Feel free to share. Enjoy!