As For Our House, We Do Real Real Good
"Hey you need to decide who you’re going to serve…as for me and my house, we’re gonna serve the Lord” (Paraphrased from Joshua 24:15)
Has anyone ever said to you “Hey, I’m just being real”? And if so, have you ever wanted to respond “Duh, Sherlock, I didn’t think you were a zombie!”? Using this popular excuse for simply being rude, like using our Southern phrase “Bless his heart” as a gentle way of saying “Well, that was stupid!” just doesn’t always cut it with me! This is where my blog has, it seems, a SQUIRREL moment (you know like from the movie UP). This morning (okay, technically it was this past Sunday) I was fixing myself a tomato on toast sandwich with “butter” and noticed that the product description read “Real taste from real ingredients” and I thought to myself “Well duh, everything we touch is real so it really doesn’t matter whether it comes from a cow, from corn, or from a chemical factory, if it is tangible, then it’s real!”
With that said, let me be honest, in this house, sometimes we have crumbs in that "real" butter, hand-prints on windows, and crumbs under the table; our refrigerator is always in need of a good cleaning out, and the stove top typically needs wiped off. These things don’t mean I run a dirty or sloppy household, they're just proof that a real family lives within the four walls of this house we call home. I would love to have a perfectly kept home but truth be told, I don’t have the time or energy to have everything “perfect” so we strive to keep it neat instead.
SQUIRREL! This just hit me, we practice Christianity just like keeping a neat home, we don’t always get it right but we want to! We simply try to do Christianity right…but since we’re real people with real problems, we don’t always get it right…and I am willing to bet that the same is true for most practicing Christians. But then, when it comes to living a Christ-like life, the goal is for us to live as close as we can to Christ and not put so much emphasis on what we do wrong but put our focus on what He did right!
But...very once in a while…I see crumbs in the butter; sometimes they stand out and are easy to fix but other times, they aren’t as easy to spot let alone get out! But don't worry, I won't stir the crumbs down into the butter hoping nobody saw them! If they are easy to see, I get those things out of there! Back to practicing Christianity: because we are not perfect, here is where prayer and seeking guidance comes in to play: bringing these things to the surface. Being real before God and man is not always easy, but for those practicing Christianity, it is so necessary! If those crumbs are harder to see, small and scattered throughout your real life, ask the Holy Spirit to help you remove them! It’s one thing to be real…but it’s a totally awesome thing to be honestly real before both God and man!
Hey, y'all have a blessed Sunday (see I told you this was a few days old) and keep it real!
Coach (Dreama) Kelly