Recently I was confronted with the realization I am prejudiced against a certain class of individuals. Am I proud of it? No.
But the holiday season really pushes my fear front and center. It seems like everyone and their Momma is out shopping. That means more populated stores.
I’ll be in Publix minding my own business. Trying to decide what sushi plate to buy. Then there they are. You can tell the worst ones by their hair and kids.
I never judge a book by its cover.
Unless the book has a bob hairstyle, a kid on the dance team, just got back from a PTA meeting, and almost runs me over with their buggy.
People who walk in the store like they own the place. Completely cold to the welfare of others. With a frigid look that just yells, “I will choke you to death right here in this Publix if you come between me and my son’s peanut-free peanut butter.”
Or they give you an empty, dead inside glance as they buy cosmetics for a daughter that is one house party away from being on Teen Mom.
Christian women love comparing themselves to Proverbs 31. I think I would, too. Except Mrs. Proverbs 31 is a wife and I’m not. I’m a single mother. Some days it hurts knowing that I don’t have the perfect family. After all, no little girl says, “I wanna be a baby mama when I grow up.” But I do try to live a life as close to the Bible as possible.
Not just for me, but for my Nugget. I can’t raise her to love the Word if I’m living like a heathen. So I take the Bible and incorporate it into my life as best I can. Hoping that somewhere along the way my daughter will see the importance of following Christ. If I fail in every other area, at least she’ll have Jesus- which is really all she needs. Until then…
The Baby Mama of Noble Character
Based on Proverbs 31:10-31
I want to take a moment and thank all of you who commented on the post Full Disclosure. Each and every one of your words have touched my heart. I had to stop and thank God. That type of unity in Christ’s love is what causes the devil to tremble in fear.
Words have immense power. Words of criticism lead to insecurity. Whereas words of encouragement reinforce our faith.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)
When I began this spiritual journey, I thought most opposition would come from non-Christians. Atheists, particularly. That’s not the case. The biggest challenges came from Christians with strict doctrine. Those who say “in love” things like:
- You have no business speaking Christ’s name.
- You need to stop doing this and that right now. No wonder you had rough experiences.
When I read interesting things in the Bible, I love to share. The gem I’ve recently unearthed deals with Ruth, King David, and King Solomon. Three well-known characters.
Their stories take place in the Old Testament. The Old Testament, for the most part, deals with God’s chosen people- the Jews.
The Gentiles, aka us Christians, don’t get formally invited to join the party until the New Testament. (Thanks, Jesus!)
King David was a Jew. King Solomon was also a Jew. Both are the most renowned Jewish kings in history.
I have questions.
Why does God let evil exist?
Why does He permit pain?
How can He sit by while His creations, His children, suffer?
There are apologetics and theologians with quick answers. Most sound pretty good. But outside the Mind of God, responses to such questions are grossly inadequate and unsatisfying.
Apologetic work is so dangerous to one’s faith. A doctrine never seems dimmer to me than when I have just successfully defended it. – C.S. Lewis
But that’s okay.