Monday, March 8, 2010

Who are you holding back?

When I'm speaking to a large group, or writing for a magazine, I feel very comfortable sharing anything. I don't know the people, so I have no fear of rejection. However, knowing that my heart will be revealed to someone close to me is a different situation. Because they knew me back when. It's hard to be a light to folks who knew you in the darkness.

It's the same when friends from the old days want to be my friend on facebook. I wonder who they are expecting, because I'm not the same girl I was at 17. I am a new creation in Christ, and I fear they are looking for someone they won't find. At the same time, I don't know if they too have changed, so I shouldn't be judging them.

How about you? Is there someone in your life who you are quick to judge? Jesus experienced this in his hometown, when he went back.

Mark 6: 1 - 6
Jesus left there and went to his hometown, accompanied by his disciples. When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

"Where did this man get these things?" they asked. "What's this wisdom that has been given him, that he even does miracles! Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't this Mary's son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.

Jesus said to them, "Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a prophet without honor." He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith.

Because the people in Jesus hometown did not have faith in Jesus, he could not do any miracles there. Jesus, the son of God, was held back because of their lack of faith. How much more are we held back when family and friends don't believe in us?

Today, I encourage you to give your love and support to a family member or childhood friend who isn't the same person they used to be. Why not give them a chance and see? Don't stop their miracles from happening.

Chatty Kelly


Andrea said...

I do my best not to judge others b/c I have enough crumbs under my own door mat to take care Nana and Papa always told me: "Sweet under your own door mat, before you start sweeping others." Funny thing is....I have never made mine spotless, time to judge others!
I struggle most with what others think of me...or how they judge me. I am learning to leave that at the feet of Jesus, but unfortunately I have NOT mastered this one, yet, either!
God has clearly got HIS work cut out cleaning and working in my heart and life.
Hugs, love, and prayers,

destrella said...

Good reminder on prejudices too. :O)

KrippledWarrior said...

I have several high school friends on face book. You wouldn't believe some of the private messages I get there.
Some folks never change. Or expect that I have. But there's always hope.
They will know us by our love...
Not by our judgment.
Être bien jeune sœur

B His Girl said...

good thoughts Kelly. Let them see the light shining in us. b

My ADHD Me said...

As you know, I don't do facebook but I've actually wondered the same thing.

I doubt there are many of us that are the same person we were all those years ago.

Irritable Mother said...

Ahhh, I have often felt the same thing. Especially on Facebook. I want to have a note that automatically goes to h.s. friends, I am not who I was when you knew me 20 years ago. If I was mean to you, I'm sorry! If I acted like I didn't care, I do now. Jesus has made me new!
And I am so glad He has!