Well y’all In A Word didn’t even get to its scheduled posting time before some defining came.
I watched a movie last night: Nikki and the Perfect Stranger.
I am no stranger 🙂 to this line of movies. This is the third one by this group that I have eaten up deliciously!
To be authentic this year it cannot be about me; if I FOCUS on me, authentic or not, I will miss the point.
The minister was asked how do you do this Christian Life thing? Nikki eluded that it had become burdensome – like a check list to her. (And I have had more than my share of checklists.)
He answered: “I don’t allow myself to stop seeing how amazing HE is.”
15 While he was still speaking, behold, a shining cloud [composed of light] overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is My Son, My Beloved, with Whom I am [and have always been] delighted. Listen to Him!6 When the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were seized with alarm and struck with fear.7 But Jesus came and touched them and said, Get up, and do not be afraid.8 And when they raised their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only. source Matthew 17
Here’s my sign: Listen to and see Only JESUS!
Matthew 16:24-26 (TLV) 24 Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to follow after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world but forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? source
Shall I paraphrase for this posting?
Whoever concentrates on herself; goes on and on with a what about me lifestyle; or she who indulges in childishly wailing: I am so stupid; or is repeatedly lamenting: I mess up all the time; (give me a bucket!) and then there’s the I got to do this, I got to do that dirge — I get the idea! As long as I do this life this way, the Life He has for me I will lose! I will not be the authentic me He has envisioned me to be.
In summary, for me to be authentic, I must practice what I write!
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Kathie Whitestone Thompson
Follower of Christ. Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother. Some call me a teacher. Some say I'm a prayer warrior. A few accredit me with some writing skills. Me? I say I'm a work in slow progress, looking for perfection in eternity and until then having all the holy fun I know how.