Archive for August, 2008

Aug
29

Getting Unmasked

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Did you ever wear one of those plastic masks at Halloween when you were a child?  Were you Cinderella – Batman – Superman – Snow White? It was so fun to go shopping for a costume! “Who do I want to be this year?  I remember searching through the racks of costumes for the perfect one.  Some years I was disappointed because my hero was sold out and I had to settle for a different costume than the one I really wanted.

I saw some childhood masks at an antique store this week.  God started breathing.  Take off your mask.” 

It is fun hiding behind a mask.  Will anyone be able to guess who I am? If my costume is good enough, I might impress a lot of people as I go door to door.  They might give me more candy – more sweet stuff.  I will make them laugh and smile as they try to guess who is behind my mask”.

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Aug
28

One Life

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One

One person.  Just one.  What would we give for one heart? One life? How valuable is one?  For Jesus, it was often about the encounter he would have with one.  One life.  One who needed freedom.  One who needed healing.  One who was hungry for something real.

It seems to me that if the son of God was walking on the earth, He should  maximize his ministry by touching the multitudes.  And he did that, too, but how often do we see Jesus planning his day around an encounter with one person?  He went out of his normal routine to go through Samaria to meet the woman at the well.  If we honestly evaluated Jesus’ day planner, would we criticize the waste of time and energy he placed on encountering “one” when the needs around him were so overwhelming?  So many needed healing.  So many needed encouragement.  So many needed what he had to give.  So many.  So many.  So many. When the scripture talks about Jesus going to Samaria that day, it says he needed to go through Samaria. 

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Aug
27

Embracing Brokenness

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Life teaches us to despise brokenness.  Broken things are worthless.  Most of us can afford to go buy something new and replace our broken things.  We toss them.  They are not worth the time and energy needed to repair them.

Unfortunately, we do the same thing with people.  It just takes too much time and energy to repair them.  Unconsciously, we toss them away.  We are too busy and important to take broken lives into the repair shop of our heart and begin the work of repairing. 

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Aug
17

The Risks and Benefits of Intimacy

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Once you have seen someone’s soul flickering in their eyes, if only for a moment, you can never feel the same toward that person again unless you choose to deny the reality of your own soul. 

The thought tumbled over and over in my mind as I considered how seldom we allow anyone to see into our very soul and how seldom others allow us to see into theirs.  I meditated on the validity of my thought. I pondered how we are sometimes given that glimpse in a person’s deepest treasure – the treasure of their heart – unguarded and vulnerable.  I thought of how we are – if only for a rare moment – allowed to hold someone’s heart in our hands and the responsibility that comes with that. I wondered how many times I’ve truly cherished that gift. I considered the recent souls I’ve glimpsed into and how that has affected my heart toward those persons.  Truly, I now view them in a different light.  I have connected with them on deeper level.

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