Real

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It is difficult to open up about our struggles

I am aware that what you read on my blog has not always fully taken hold of my life.
And in the interest of full disclosure  the truth is I get discouraged, impatient, angry and anxious, even fearful from time to time.
And sometimes I am not willing to  extend the grace and mercy that I love to write about.
My faith has its high points, when I am convinced all things are possible. There are also times where the best I can do is “Lord I believe, help me with my unbelief”.
All that being said don’t get the idea I’m writing about anything I don’t believe is possible,  because I do believe with God all things are possible. Even with my imperfections, even if they are not fully present in  my life.
It’s more like the words of Paul,
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me”. Philippians 3:12
Just being real about the struggles I have, and I  am guessing you do as well.

It is difficult for us to open up about our struggles to others. Especially so for my  Christian brothers and sisters, who somehow think they have to give an appearance of  having it all together.
But when I read in Acts and see the church, functioning as effectively as it probably ever has, the sharing that was taking place most likely involved sharing their struggles and each others burdens as well.

I am planning to write in the future with that perspective in mind.
Not so much from a bystander point of view, providing the information in a monologue fashion, but with the goal of opening up a conversation in a way that could be helpful and provide the one thing we all need. Encouragement.
If you have stories you want to share feel free to do so. If privacy is an issue I will post them and your comments if you wish anonymously.
I would guess that most of my readers are from the Christian community, but if you happen to drop by and that doesn’t describe you, feel free to join the conversation.
All are welcome here.
Pressing on
Cliff

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About messagefromthefield

“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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One Response to Real

  1. ptl2010 says:

    No one is perfect. God our Father understands. He picks us up when we, His children fall or stumble. He pities us as a Father.
    If perfect, we need no encouragement. It is only when we fall short that we need encouragement and that is a more than often.
    Let us encourage one another. It is a worthwhile mission.

    “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13)

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