If I speak, let it be in love.
If I listen, let it be in humility.
If I rejoice, let it be in gratitude.
If I suffer, let it be in faith.
Allow me to rant about my biggest pet peeve when it comes to Christianity. I’m talking about how mainstream Christianity has photoshopped Jesus into a marketable brand.
Mr. Christ is not a product.
Yet in this era of commercialism, our Lord and Saviour has been reduced to something of a commodity.
When marketers want to sell something what do they do? They doll it up and advertise. Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not bashing the Christian responsibility of sharing of the gospel.
I’m referring to all advertisements of Jesus as a blue-eyed Anglo Saxon.
I’m drinking an Amaretto Sour (heavy on Ameretto, light on sour) and watching For Colored Girls.
Tonight is going to be one of those nights.
When my old foe, Depression, attempts to pull me into the dark abyss of self-pity and hopelessness this is the Bible verse I cling to:
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
I’m sharing this for all those with tears, pain, and heartache.
Pray, persist, and prepare for a time when all this will be a forgotten memory.
In the spirit of today, the National Day of Prayer, I would like to share my spiritual petitions:
- I pray for humility.
- I pray for discernment.
- I pray for those who do not know the Lord.
- I pray for those who do.
What do you pray for? Share in the comments below.
Let’s pray for and with one another.
I’ve been in an emotional slump. Not full blown depression, but still. When life strikes a blow at my happiness, I want to react. I want to act. Fight or flight. Something!
So I prayed.
And the Lord sends the same reply, “Wait.” Be patient.
I feel life is passing me by and all I want to do is catch up.