October 23, 2017

The God Lovin’ Redneck:Be Yourself

And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. 1 Samuel 17: 38, 39

[jeff]Facebook has been a great social networking tool. I guess that’s why over 800 million people are using it and half of them are using it every day.

The great benefit is that it allows you to connect with people that you haven’t seen or heard from in years.

It’s the perfect tool for the older generation, like myself, because it allows you to reconnect with long-lost high school friends.

Recently, my wife planned a dinner outing with some of her old friends from school. Some of them she hadn’t seen in 25 years.

It was through Facebook and from emails back and forth that made this event possible. They had talked about it for weeks and everybody seemed to be excited.

A couple of days before this event, my wife had to go to the dentist. She was having problems with a tooth. Bless her heart. She was in some pain. The dentist gave her a root canal and some medication.

She felt much better afterward and the pain seemed to have went down. I’m sure it was the medicine talking because her face told a completely different story.

For some reason, her left cheek began to swell to the size of a baseball. She looked like a chipmunk and a female version of the elephant man. It was pitiful.

I made a few jokes about it and may have made fun of her a little. I could have been the reason she was having second thoughts about attending this reunion with her friends.

“I don’t want them to see me like this. I will look funny.”

But, after a few minutes of debating and ignoring my jokes, she made her decision. She was going anyway regardless of what she thought people would think. She put aside that moment of pride. I was so proud of her.

However, she did go into great detail of how she wanted me to dress. She wanted me to coordinate my colors, wear matching socks and shave my face. I swallowed my pride and done it anyway. I did it for her.

To make a long story short, the dinner event turned out great. Everyone shared their memories of the old days and had many laughs. The night seemed to last forever.

I don’t think they paid much attention to my wife’s swollen face or my matching socks. We all drove away with big smiles on our face. Even my wife smiled. It was one of them weird chubby cheek smiles, but she smiled.

The lesson to me from this is that Satan tries hard to take away our joys in life. By tempting us with pride or fear, we can miss out on many of life’s great opportunities. We have to put that stuff down.

Be who God made us and don’t worry about what we think others might think. We can’t go through life covering up who we really are.

God put us here for a purpose and is molding us to be the way He wants us. We are to bring Him glory and we can only do that by being the person He made us to be.

Be yourself. 

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