Good morning ladies!
We are going to have some fun with our discussion today. I know that many of you read last week's, but you didn't leave a comment. I think you will want to comment this week, so here is a little lesson on how to leave a comment. (I'm not insulting your tech skills, just giving a little guidance to those who need it and don't want to ask!) Remember how your school teacher always said, "The only stupid question is the one not asked!" Okay, maybe that was just my teacher.
Anyway, when you are finished reading this post, at the very bottom there is a pink line that says "Posted by Hope" then "o comments". Click on the "0 comments". There will be a new page pop up that says "Leave your comment" and has a box there. Type whatever you want to say in the box. If you don't have a google account, then just select Name/URL and type your name in the "Name" box. If you don't want us to know who you are just select "anonymous". Then, click "Publish your comment." It will say, your comment is awaiting moderation or something like that. That just means that it is waiting for me to do something on my end. Your comment will show up as soon as I can get to my computer!
Now, onto the real discussion. Beth's video lesson was a lot about Hidden Hypocrisy. My husband and I learned a lot about this topic when we were going through our first pregnancy and the resulting death of our daughter. We tried extra hard to be the "ever faithful couple", the "great example", the "strong ones", because we felt like that was what was required of us as Christians. As a result, we were worn out, exhausted, and no one knew how to help us through it all.
When we finally started being "transparent" with people and telling them how we felt and how much we were hurting, people were able to help. More than that, God was able to use us to share His story!
Our testimonies are so much more effective when we are transparent with people. Now, I'm not saying we bear our souls to everyone we encounter. We still want to glorify God in all that we do. But, it is absolutely okay to share our hurts and let people know how much we need God and other Christian friends during those times. God has given us each other to share life's journey not just walk along parallel to each other and never cross paths. Let's cross paths. Let's step out in faith and share with one another and see how God uses it.
I loved Beth's statement, "He [God] knows when something glorious in the future necessitates something difficult in the present. Because He knows the glory will be worth it, God will risk being misunderstood. Yes, God wants us to have joyful, satisfying lives, but He also wants us to have crowns to cast. Rewards to receive. Character to develop. Compassion to give. TESTIMONIES to tell. In the midst of those painful processes, God makes bold promises."
A few pages earlier Beth also said, "The scenarios that we pay to see at the movies will ultimately pale in comparison to what Christian pilgrims have endured on our journeys to Mount Zion...From heaven's vantage point, your story is exceedingly more exciting than you can conceive--replete with dangers, near misses, and great escapes."
So, consider the people who have been transparent in your life, the testimonies you have heard, the stories you have read in the Bible. If you could see one of those testimonies made into a motion picture, which one would it be? And, just for fun, what is your all-time favorite movie and why? Tell us about it in the comments!