When you Walk Along the Way

Just a place to share my thoughts as I seek to serve my husband, raise my children and Glorify my God!

Transparent eh? January 8, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 8:18 am

Ok so apparently the new media buzz word is “transparency.”  Oh, he promised he would have a transparent govt.  Blah Blah Blah.  Now, while I agree that our President may have have fibbed (a lot in fact) during the campaign season, I can not help but think about how often we do the same thing. I just wonder if all those “Christians” griping about government transparency have checked their own hearts first.

The definition of transparent is to be see-through.  In fact, one of the definitions I found said this, “The more transparent a piece of paper, then the more the writing on the back or following pages shows through.”  So, tonight, I pose the question… Are you transparent?  Is the light of Christ showing through you?  Are we opening ourselves up clearly for everyone to see who we profess we are?  I just wonder how many times we act one way in public and another way at home.  I think before all the Christians get into an uproar over the transparency of the President and our government that maybe we should try calling for a transparent walk with Christ.  One in which Christ can be seen through us.  If he truly is the essence of our being as we claim vocally, is he being seen through us in our actions in our daily lives?  If not, do we really think we are fooling anyone?  Oh, we may fool those around us but guess what.  Psalms 139:13 says, “For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  You may be able to lack transparency with the people around you but the bottom line… Your creator is not fooled by your “behind closed doors” behavior.  The Bible says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked…” (Gal 6:7)  If we, as Christians, want to take a stand for something, this is what we should be standing for.  We need to hold one another accountable that our words and our deeds would be transparent with the light of Christ!  Let’s check our own hearts before we run off at the mouth about the sins of everyone in the government.  I get passionate, I get heated when it comes to these drastic, terrible things that are happening in Washington, but I am more passionate about the fact that we have a lack of transparency in Christianity.  A bunch of people in “campaign” mode making promises of a life they do not lead and meanwhile they are cheapening and tarnishing the Cross that set me free.

So let’s talk about transparency…. Let’s talk about you and me!

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The Road Less Travelled (Sleepy time thoughts) January 7, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — A Relevant Old Soul @ 9:16 am

Tonight I was lying in bed and I could not get to sleep.  I was going over my day in my mind.  I left earlier this morning to head out to Thetford about 29 miles from our house for a hair appointment.  When I left it was freezing cold but surprisingly enough, the roads were pretty clear.  There was a light snow dusting the fields and small little snow piles along the sides of the roads but it was generally pretty safe driving conditions.  Being from South Louisiana, we never had to learn how to drive in snowy or icy weather.  In fact, I would venture to say that I have NEVER driven in roads that were covered with anything other than rain.  Because of this, I tend to be a little apprehensive about driving in the least amount of snow or ice here in England.  English roads are just by definition and statistics are much more dangerous place to drive, even in the hottest months of the year.  They say, in fact, that the most dangerous thing you will do in England, is drive.  As I was sitting at the salon having my hair done, the snow began falling.  Lightly at first and then quickly began really coming down.  With every flake that hit the ground I felt myself worrying a little more about my trip back home.  I was sitting in this salon chair fretting and panicing over a road that I could not even see.  Tonight I was thinking about how much of life is like that.

How often do we set out on our journey with the car facing the road in the direction of Christ.  We keep our eyes peeled on the road (Christ) driving defensively but optimistically in our perfect driving conditions under his umbrella of protection.  Then the weather starts to change and our perfect little trip starts to get threatened.  As the clouds loom overhead, we start looking around us to see if the other cars are affected.  We start trying to drive like the others and make sure we are keeping up with the traffic and not standing out as a poor driver.  Then, the snow and the ice come.  We get a little nervous and we place our eyes directly on the road (Christ) in order for him to protect us.  We think that if we have our eyes on the road we will be safe.  But sometimes, no matter how well we are watching the road, we hit a patch of black ice.  Something we could not see coming.  The car begins to spin out of our control and we are helpless to correct the situation.  We make excuses about our careful driving and focus all of our attention on what we were doing right and how this should NOT have happened.  We even turn to pop pscyhology and we wonder if the tires or the brakes were loved enough by the owner of the car.  What could have prevented this.  In all actuality, Nothing could have.  No amount of fretting over weather conditions or measuring your driving to the other people on the road or preparation of the vehicle could have prevented this small patch of black ice which is now spinning your trip out of control.  And then, as the car begins to slow and you start to face the road once again, you realize that the entire time you were spinning, you were still ON THE ROAD (in Christ).  Just because you hit a patch of ice does not mean that he forsake you or that the enemy has taken hold.  You see, the journey has already been planned and the road has been carefully built.  There is no black ice or potholes that were not placed there purposefully-in order to make you focus harder on the road.

Matthew 7:  13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Two roads diverged in a wood,
and I— / I took the one less traveled by,
/ And that has made all the difference.
–“The Road Not Taken”
Robert Frost, 1920