I personally believe that in a Christian’s life, there should be authenticity. It is far more important to be honest with ourselves, God and those around us, than it is to make a good impression. In fact, if we make a good impression while the truth would be otherwise; it may be personally damaging and spiritually corrosive. Eventually, what happens is the facade becomes more important than the truth. The consequences accumulate their damage, until the day when we either fall under the weight of our own myth or we answer to the Lord for our lack of faith.
I often share my personal life, not due to being self-absorbed. It is simply I have learned there may be a more suitable way to grow in faith than to overlook my shortcomings. In sharing, there is the hope of others avoiding the snare of insincerity. If I avoid authenticity because of pride, it undermines the very reason for doing this blog and taking the time to confide how I’ve learned to minister the grace of God in my own life.
I am reminded of the biblical story of Mary sitting at the feet of the Lord, hanging on his every word as opposed to Martha, who was trying to feed them, comfort them and care for them as was expected of a good hostess.
(MSG) Luke 10:38-42:
“As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and it won’t be taken from her.”
Unfortunately for myself and those around me, I have always identified with Martha. Life tends to overwhelm me and when that happens it becomes about me. Clearly, Martha was doing what needed to be done and she had an expectation of her sister helping her. Think what would have happened if Martha had not focused on the kitchen and had been so in love with Jesus that she and Mary would have been at His feet. We may have had another loaves and fishes story in the bible? We will never know because Martha was probably frazzled! I am a ‘Martha’. For example the day I got the word for our blog I was getting ready for a prayer meeting, snapping at my husband because he was in the way and had the audacity to expect dinner…LOL.
It might sound harmless but in actuality being hurried, anxious and angry has done more damage to my marriage then any other personal failing. There is nothing Christ-like or spiritual about being ‘frazzled’. In fact, if I could find a one word antithesis for Galatians 5:22-24 it would be ‘frazzled’.
Gal 5:22 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Fortunately, this subject brought up a few heart warming conversations with my husband about how sorry I am for my temperament and how much I appreciate the fact that he does not respond ‘in kind’ but remains gentle, patient and steadfast. Sometimes he too experiences being ’frazzled’ but for the both of us, it fizzles out quickly. God is good and as long as I bring my shortcomings before Him, He is faithful to forgive me. Thankfully, my husband does too. I am a blessed woman even while imperfect and all too often ‘frazzled’.
So today as I lay out my shortcomings before you and my Lord, I have an expectation of healing and growth. Many years of walking in faith has demonstrated to me the shortest route to healing is through the path of truth…
God Bless, andrea