Because God is all about whooping some goodness into you. We say ‘Our Father’ so there is no reason why this analogy should not fit.
As usually, I will talk about myself; your turn comes at the end of this post in the comments section. This need not be a monologue.
Yesterday as I was stapling this and that seething and harboring feelings of betrayal, the song, ‘This is my commandment that you love one another, that your joy may be whole.’ Now, who remembers this hymn from Baby Class?? As Portia said, those hymns are a ticking time bomb. Who knew that 20 some years later I’d sing them in my mind only to realized- you will be a nasty bitter lady if you don’t love these people you are currently throwing daggers at.
You understand how stupid not letting go of those negative emotions would be, yes? That would be me giving my joy its last rites.
See that’s the thing about Papa, He is not about validating your feelings of ‘The Great Injustices’ that people around you have committed against you! He’s about, ‘Ehe, and how does that make you feel? Hmmm… And what does My Word say?’ Like I mean, He is gentle for the most part, but He will give you a choice, cultivate love, joy, peace, patience… etc. or just morph a bitter old hag. And no one likes a bitter old hag. That is why we have that one (or several) relative or church lady that we steer clear of.
What God is also teaching me is about not putting any business on the street, mine or that of people I know. It has gotten so bad I swear people will learn that I got married 5 years ago, 8 years later. As in! Men grasp this concept earlier on in life because they are told to keep all that goo inside- or just pour concrete all over it- but we ladies are all about emotions!
Case in point…
But apart from wanting to become a ‘shamba la mawe’ (a garden of rocks), what this touches most in my life is the need to protect family and the church- FUNNY STORY!!!
So I haven’t been to church in a minute. What- three times this year? I bumped into this chick from church in town once and after small talk I made it sound like I will see her soon. That was I think three/four months ago. THEN yesterday I bump into her on my way out of the office; turns out we work at the same business center! Small talk, small talk, then she goes, “We’ll catch up later… or in church…” and Wambaire in her true fashion fake coughed as she walked away.
Zee Lord is after mee!!
Anyhoo! If a family member is a tool, your close friends don’t need to know this. If they genuinely pray for you, then you can give a summary but still protect the dignity of the said member. If there is a person in church that you know is a quack, don’t go spreading that stuff, take it to the Lord in prayer bwana! Even if some person stands at the front of the church and shares a vision they received and it sounds like a scene from Twilight or Terminator or some random horror movie, if you are asked to give your opinion just say, ‘I dunno… the bible does say this and this… however, I really don’t know!’
PROTECT YOUR PEOPLE!!!
You call a friend, sibling, partner or whomever a ‘moron’ then your friend starts a conversation with, ‘How’s that moron of a ___ doing?’ you get offended. Surely.
And people call Christians hypocrites and all sorts of things- and how do they know this if you didn’t open your big mouth? These things you let people find out when it’s too late! XD
Shut up and keep peachy.
PS: This blog is about my journey as a Christian- the good and the bad. I just hope someone gets freed from the ‘perfect Christian’ syndrome and just be real with God. I have seen Him do things I never expected or deserved simply because I told Him, ‘NKT! SAWA! FINE! You do You God! You do You!’
And yes, that was an actual prayer.