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The “Real” Me

Naturally I am easily irritated, easily angered and sharp-tongued.  Over the last few years, God had transformed me.

I am patient.

I am kind.

Naturally I worry, I fret, I am anxious.

I refuse to waste my life in worry or dread.

My mind is peaceful, clear, calm.

I once thought the “real” me was the way I was born. 

But what if that is not true?

What if the “real” me is who I have become in Christ?  The one I am becoming little by little, day by day?

It is only by the transforming grace of Christ that I become who I truly was meant to be.

The one He imagined when He created me.

The “real” me has been transformed by love.

“Strip yourselves of your former nature [put off and discard your old unrenewed self] which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion;  And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:22-26

Amen.  So be it.

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Turning Toward Him

“Repentance consists of two parts, but many people settle for only the first part.  Repentance means to turn, but many get stuck halfway.  The first part of repentance is to turn away with loathing from sin; the second part is to turn toward all the good things God offers in exchange.  Indeed, it’s impossible to turn away from greed without turning towards generosity, to put aside lust without taking up love, or to escape bitterness without embracing celebration.”  ~ Mike Mason Continue reading “Turning Toward Him”

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I never heard him say a harsh or critical word

“I had the privilege of knowing him for over 30 years, and never heard him say a harsh or critical word about anyone.”  It has been several weeks since I read these words written about the grandfather of a friend(s) who recently passed.  Yet I cannot get them out of mind, and I find myself pondering them repeatedly. Continue reading “I never heard him say a harsh or critical word”