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Topic: Charade (08/14/08)
TITLE: It's all show.
By William Stevenson
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“It’s all show”
Thursday again, time to sit with ‘story maker’ at the cupboard marked “repertoire” and look for a suitable tale. ‘Story maker’ reminds me, “You have a great number of tales, testimonies and anecdotes; surely you have one for this week.”
Not wishing to disappoint my little friend, I reply, “Of course.” While inside I say, “This is a tough one.”
“Don’t forget to watch your Grammar:” he calls out.
I’ve fooled him into believing I can put our stories in writing with great skill. Just when I’m sailing along, his friend, ‘spell checker’ interrupts putting squiggly little lines all over my beautiful story, but I can fool him too, I just tell him to ignore, after all who’s writing this story anyway. I am of course.
That word “ignore” works like magic and all his little squiggly lines disappear. Now, that they both know who the expert is here, I can proceed.
Can I share a secret with you? Let’s talk where ‘story maker’ and ‘spell checker’ can’t overhear us. I have no idea what I am supposed to be doing. You see all my tales, when told to listeners, have always had great results. They cry a little, laugh a little and respond so well, with the words, “You ought to write a book.”
How do you tell them, “I don’t know how.”
You see, in the same way that I love music, yet can’t sing for toffees, I love stories but can’t write them. I can dream them, I can appreciate a good tale, but, for the love of me I cannot write them. I put the words that I would relate to my hearers on paper, and, when I read them, they seem fine. Then loving friends say, watch your punctuation. I’ve even got them thinking I’m an author. How can they know that, when it comes to punctuation, I dip into the container that is filled with commas, full stops, colons and, semi colons, etcetera, and sprinkle them into the story.
My charade of being a writer becomes exposed and I just don’t have a ghost of a chance with the challenge judges. Life’s like that.
There are many people in our churches, who genuinely want to be seen as good Christian folk. They look at the people around them, and copy what they see. Swaying to the music as they worship, using the right words: Words they have heard others use. They imitate the actions of those who are considered spiritual. No, they’re not wicked people, they’re using a charade to give the impression they are the same.
My writing skills can be learned. I am determined to improve with practice, and by taking note of loving criticism. Is there some way we can help those play actors in our churches? Yes. We can share with them the intimate relationship we are enjoying with God.
John wrote in his first letter, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have gazed upon, which we have physically experienced of the Word of life. (For the life was revealed, and we have seen it and bear witness, and show you the eternal life which was with the Father and has been revealed to us)
That which we have seen and heard (experienced) we declare unto you, so that you can have a relationship with us; but our real relationship is with the Father and His Son Jesus Christ.”
Christianity is relationship; not ritual or religion. God has made this relationship possible, through the miracle of the new birth.
We dare not pretend, we must be genuine, and share our very real relationship with God with those in need. A charade will not share the message, only genuine love will. Have you fallen in love with Jesus? Let you relationship of loving Him show through your love for His own.
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