Tuesday, June 17, 2014

to be or not to be

So much is written about how we live, and so few pay attention to it.  To read and to think is such a blessing!  Hamlet contemplates the value of life and says, "to be or not to be, that is the question."  Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living."

One of the things that I find troubling, and I think Jesus did as well, is the inability for some to be honest about who they are.  Some humans want to take to themselves position and authority at the expense of others.  This is wrong and you can smell it a mile away.

Pretentious is defined as:
Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified.
Making or marked by an extravagant outward show; ostentatious.

In God's economy, the humble are exalted.  When we have to insist that we are something, then we are putting on masks.  True life is lived for all to see.  Healthy people are not afraid to know and be known, just as they are.  One of the things that I love about our church is that for the most part, the people there are just themselves.  No one is trying to show that they are smarter or better than anyone else.  Everyone is welcome.  It seems to be recognized that we are all on this journey of life together.

It is refreshing to know people that are real.  It makes me happy to know that I know you and you know me, warts and all.  That is life, lived together, and it is marvelous.

It's a beautiful day in God's world, be sure to see the good.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Oh Jeff. You are so right on this one. And I'm sure you've probably already discovered that almost every way Jesus thinks tends to be the opposite of how we think. Do we really know Him? Sometimes we don't act and think like it.

To the empathetic side of those who continually want to put themselves out front in the limelight, and have others think they are so good and important, many of them are acting out what they're feeling down inside. That is that they actually feel very unimportant. God bless those who have low self esteem and need to be noticed by acting important at the expense of others.

Jesus never had to act important, because He knew who is was.