“All the world’s a stage.”
Recently, I peeled back some of those silly surface layers I pile on around here to share a little corner of my heart that needed some serious light shined in. And it felt like a too-bright spotlight was being shined on just such a space that desperately needed some cobwebs swept away to make more room for God to pour into. And He did. Oh, how He did!
Actually, He’s still sweeping.
At the time that I wrote about all the editing, I felt some guilt. I’m not gonna lie. We like to call that conviction, around here. It was never my intention to make my daily life a stage. I’ve spent more than a little time wondering where the line that determines sharing to be known for the rights reasons (making someone feel less alone) and sharing to be known for the wrong ones (do I matter to others?) lies.
I’m enamored of a God who dispenses grace like candy. And, although He does indeed give me a good swift kick in the shorts sometimes, it’s only because I need it. Here’s the beautiful thing, though – I can always count on Him to liberally apply The Balm of Grace to this convicted little heart of mine, afterwards.
And he did that this weekend.
Listening to a message about the different parts of the body and how they each have a function and each one is necessary for the entire body to function properly, I felt His merciful grace drenching my sore spirit. He whispered gently of how He lovingly created me. Exactly as I am. And He reminded me of my function and place within the body of Christ.
We are each gifted with a different way to share the message of God’s love with others.
I felt Him clearly telling me that it’s not a bad thing that I share my message with a side of funny. That is part, I hope, of what appeals to some of you who so graciously subscribe to my nonsense on a regular basis. (I surely do like me some people with a sense of humor. Thank you LORD for my friends here!)
But… I realize that there are times when, to get God’s message of Love and Hope out there, I have to bring it uninvited. And, I know this to be true from personal experience. There are so many folks on this here World Wide Web, especially in my little corner of it, who don’t want a full on message of Love and Hope. They’d rather have a quick little morsel of truth wrapped up in Some Funny. I get that. I do. Mostly because, not so long ago, that was me. My heart couldn’t handle the truth. It literally could not.
And, honestly? I still wrestle with The Truth sometimes.
So, I write about the mishaps and the grace that always follow because I want to be reminded that it’s True.
God will always shed grace.
We can really only share what we have authentically experienced ourselves, right?
It turns out that Shakespeare was pretty stinkin’ smart. Our entire world really is a stage. Each of us truly is an actor of sorts. We each have a message inside. And we are each gifted differently for its delivery. The method of my message will continue to be delivered in a way exclusive to what God lays upon my heart and the way He has wired me to deliver it. The same is true for you.
As I vigilantly watch for that swift kick before it connects with my backside, I will continue on with my message.
The mishaps will continue to be a’plenty – I’ve no doubt.
But there is always grace galore.