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It’s Nice To Know

I have been saddened by some recent events surrounding social media.  You may have seen some things too.  Maybe you smile when you see these controversial things and say “YES!  Finally someone agrees with me!”  Or maybe you are more like me – and it makes you uncomfortable and even sad.

There is not one thing in particular in which I am referring.  It’s more about the spirit in which people go to make their opinion known.  Those who know better – or at least should.

As a Christian I am fully aware that everything that comes out of my mouth and everything written down – or passed along carries a heavy weight.  I represent the King of Kings.  His opinions, character, integrity, love, grace, forgiveness and yes – the other cheek.

Am I always aware when I have crossed that invisible line of being right – and yet at the same time – being judgmental?  No.  Not always.

Do I always admit when I’m wrong?  No.  I like being right.  But at what cost?

So when my husband received something forwarded to him in an email yesterday – it troubled me.  It was from someone we respect and look up to.  At first glance it had all the “rightness” that all of us calling ourselves “Christians” feel justified to pass along and pat ourselves on the back to say – “Wow – can you believe how wrong they are – and how right WE are?”    But the more I pondered it and chewed on it – actually for most of the night last night – it did not feel very good.

So you can imagine how wonderful it felt when Greg received an apology from this same person passing along this forwarded email.  He said “I felt convicted and had to apology – even write an email to this person whom the email is about and apologize for forwarding it”

It may not be a big deal – it’s not even anything that will change much.  But for me it was HUGE.  True conviction.  Unsolicited.  Unsung.  Insignificant.   Except – that it was.  It is a lesson for me.  To think first, be slow to react out of opinion and “rightness”.  To be open, ready to admit I’m wrong – when so often I am.  I am humbled that there are still men and women of true character – not afraid to look foolish in order to bring relationship.

And more than anything else in this day – it’s just so nice to know.

God Bless

 

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Conviction (film)

Conviction (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last night Greg and I watched a movie called “Conviction” – starring Hillary Swank, based on the actual events of a man sent to prison for a murder he did not commit.  He was convicted by a faulty legal system without DNA testing to prove him guilty.  Because of this injustice his sister decided to dedicate her adult life to becoming a lawyer so she could one day represent him, run a formal investigation and then have him released after being proven innocent by testing DNA samples that miraculously were not destroyed after 10 years as was usually the case in the state of Massachusetts.  It took time but she was finally able to get him released 20 years after his original conviction.

This movie moved me so much that I even dreamt about it last night.  In the dream I was friends with the sister and brother and was witnessing first hand the day he was released from prison and sent on his way home.  I was one of the special people allowed in to take pictures of them in a secluded room.  The absolute joy of these siblings was tangible in my dream.  And I was moved beyond words knowing he had missed his daughter growing up and countless other things due to a corrupted legal system that put him away for life in prison without the possibility of parole.

It is impossible to put myself in the place of these siblings whose love for each other is immeasurable.  To simply sacrifice myself for another in that extreme is incomprehensible to me.

The Bible tells us that “while we were yet sinners – Christ died for us” – we were unloving, unwilling and unknown – and yet – Christ still died – sacrificing Himself for us so that we would not have to miss out on anything good in this life and the next.  He gave the best for us even though we were guilty.  Someone might have tried to rescue us, like this sister did her brother because he was innocent – but only God’s great love will do and go beyond the reasonable limits – to find out and seek us out long before we really know and understand.

And I’m grateful.  God loves me that much.  And He loves you that much too.

God Bless

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