A funny thing happened to me today…
ok, not so funny.
Someone thought they were holding a mirror up to me,
to show me my flaws.
Obviously, that does not make me happy.
But at the same time the mirror was flawed.
You see sometimes people will be more than happy to tell you all you’ve done wrong.
But often they fail to understand two things.
1. What they perceive as your motivation for something, is not really your motivation.
2. They believe that you do not already understand that you are flawed.
I’m not a perfect person, I have never proclaimed I am.
If you believe that a person must be perfect in order for you to accept their advice,
or learn something from,
then you are in the wrong place.
To be fair, however, I have never said my life is full of sunshine and roses,
lacking any rain or thorns.
I claim that I am in a better place than I was in the years prior to this.
I claim that I have learned some tools.
I claim that I try to use those tools so that I don’t get back in the muck
of depression and utter despair.
We went to church and this…
Lamp under a Jar
“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.
Luke 8: 16-17
I do not follow this as often as I should. So I sat there with tears in my eyes, knowing that regardless of what others think of me or my actions I am instructed to “be the light”, “let the light shine through me”, and “shine so bright that it is unmistakably the light of God”.
So how do we do this?
Then I remembered that there are some guidelines on this.
Of course the commandments, but then we also have the Beatitudes.
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Ok, so that is a lot of scripture. today. But when something speaks to you, till you have tears in your eyes, it’s time to share.
My prayers as I sat there trying to compose myself:
Lord, fill me with light so bright that it can do nothing but spill out for the rest of the world to see.
Lord, help me to teach my children that being faithful does not mean one is perfect and without flaws,
but that the good you see in them is far more worth mentioning to them than their flaws.
Lord, let me teach this by example.
Lord, let whatever works I do in this life be perfected by you.
“In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti.”