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Christianity is not for wimps!

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

I love this quote by Chesterton! He got it! He understood! We can call ourselves Christians because we believe in Christ - but what we 'call' ourselves is of little importance compared to how we actually live!


MARK 11:25
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

LUKE 6:27-28

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you

LUKE 6:31

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.


LUKE 6:37

37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.


When I say I am a Christian, I am saying I am 'all in'. I will do my best to live the hard parts of Christianity.


I will love my enemy. I will pray for those who persecute me. I will not write them off. I am called to a higher ideal.


I will forgive those who hurt me.


It is not easy. I recognize that. But I will give it my best shot and I will rely on God's grace to see me through.

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Feb 17, 2013  ( 6 comments )  
Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)

You are exactly right. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[a]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b]

This is the greatest commandment of all and sometimes we just don't get it.


We are expected to do everything with Love but what exactly does that mean. Christ died for our sins and all he asks is that we love him with all of our heart and love our neighbor, and because of the society we live in that is so difficult.  For instance I just received an email from a lady that said she had to quit work because her 18 year old fell and is now a paraplegic and she needs adult diapers. I want to just say where do you live and I will bring them to you, but because of the red tape I need to refer her to other agencies that are really better equipped for screening purposes. Why because people use the system to sell diapers for drugs and alcohol.  I got into this ministry to help people and I feel like I am fighting the system every step of the way.


What does this have to do with your words? I guess what I am saying is that sometimes it is difficult to  help because you just get burned out from having to fight it every step of the way, but maybe that is God's way of saying, I didn't say this would be easy.....


I think, why can't people just see people in need and help and then I think of our neighborhood and I have been here for 13 years and I barely know our neighbors. I wouldn't know if they need help or not. I have just went about my business and because I didn't have little kids who were out and about neither was I. I didn't join the home church, and I didn't go to any neighborhood parties, if there were any.  I just assume or worse maybe just didn't worry about who might need help right here in the subdivision.  I remember as a kid, we probably knew most everyone on the street and many throughout the subdivision becasue we were out going to school. If you miss that part of life in your neighborhood, you have missed it and therefore I guess need to find another way to connect with the neighbors.


Not too long after I moved here, there was a minister who came knocking door to door with a pamphlet of his story and how he had been taking care of his wife who had alzheimers and how he was just trying to get out and meet his neighbors. He touched my heart and I wrote a poem, but now I am wondering was that a sign from God, that maybe I need to do something of that nature to meet my neighbors. Maybe there is someone out there who needs help and is too proud to ask for help or unable for some other reason to help.


Anyway, you have certainly given me something to think about and meditate on. I am not sure if this is what was on your mind, but it seems to be where I have been led.


Dee Huber (dgh118)

That's not exactly where my mind was going........but certainly, that is still a part of how hard Christianity is in today's world. Whether we care to admit it to ourselves or not, we are pretty hung up on ourselves and our own lives and sometimes, without even being aware of it, we shut other people out - like our neighbors.  I've lived in our subdivision for almost 30 years now. I've never become close friends with any of our neighbors - although, we are all friendly with each other. On any given day, I could do a better job of reaching out to them!


My mind was going more toward how truly hard it is to be Christian because 'human' nature goes against 'divine' nature.


For instance, forgiveness.  And doing 'good' to those who hurt us - or even praying for them.  Our 'human' nature automatically goes to vengeance.  We tend to want to treat other people the way they treat us.  If they treat us crappy, our first thoughts go to 'how we can get them back!' Forgiving them, praying for them, being 'nice' to them is hard - and many of us who call ourselves Christians can't seem to humble ourselves to the point of practicing these Christian ways.  What's worse - we excuse ourselves for not forgiving under the circumstances and trick ourselves into believing that if we have forgiven ourselves that God has also forgiven us. We aren't really LIVING Christianity. I think that's what G.K. Chesterton meant when he said 'Christianity has been found difficult and not tried.' We tend to fight evil with evil rather than love.


I LOVE the Scripture you quoted "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind" and "Love your neighbor as yourself."


For what it's worth, I agree with a screening process for the diapers. I understand your desire to reach out and help without going through red tape. I would be like that too. But helping people who might be trying to take advantage of the good you are offering is taking help away from the very people who God is trying to reach through your ministry! Unfortunately, God hasn't given us the ability to read minds and know who is sincere and who isn't. I think this is the best system available right now!



Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)

I totally agree with the screenings also, I just hate it has to be that way.


 You are so right about how hard it is to be Christian, but is that because we allow it to be like that? Do we allow Satan to sneak into our lives and manipulate us and become as our priest might say A good salesman, selling us on the revenge aspect, etc..  He said we have to be strong to resit that temptation and say to ourself, I have something better than revenge or whatever, I am a child of God.


I think maybe sometimes we make it easy for ourselves to fall into temptation by not being accountable to anyone. I think we need to seek out others who are striving to be good Christians, to be able to share with and listen to each other and hold each other accountable for being good Christians. It is so easy to say I understand and I would probably do the same thing, but to say I understand, but unfortunately that is not how God wants us to act is much harder. On one of Matthew Kelly's tapes he talks about the reaction of Catholics might be like it the priest got up there and prayed for Osama Bin Laden.  But that is exactly what we are called to do.  We talked about that in our spiritual direction class yesterday  and how as christians we manipulate others by saying something like I need you to pray for me because so and so is such an evil person (we are actually wanting to put that person down)  but rather when someone says that we should say, well how can we help that person become a better person.  But sometimes I think we are more interested in wanting people to like us and we try to become people pleasers rather than God pleasers.

Dee Huber (dgh118)

I definitely agree it's because we 'allow' ourselves to be like that.  It's 'hard' to be humble and forgiving. And most of us, when given the option, will take the easy way out! What many of us fail to realize, I think - is that we HAVE to learn the hard lessons of holiness. That is not an option. If we don't learn them in this life, we either have the opportunity to learn them in Purgatory or we've lost the opportunity all together! But, we will not gain heaven until we learn. Those of us who are striving to live the Christian way need to be the example for others - without being preachy or overbearing!  I think it was St. Frances who said, 'Evangelize always. If necessary, use words!' Our 'example' goes so much further than our words! Our words can turn people off - but love in action speaks loudly and clearly!


All of us fall far short of the mark, I know!  But, I think it must count for something, if we at least strive for holiness.


And you're right. It's important to try to hold each other accountable. But - some people don't want to be held accountable! And - if they don't, any words we use will not be received well! I think timing is important. But certainly, if someone asks our opinion, we have the obligation to speak truth - whether they receive it well or not!


Cher Leadbeater (cherjl)

Agreed we should be examples always and not preachy or bossy but also not nonchalant. I know for me sometimes it is hardest at home. I don't want to upset Roy but at the same time I can't agree with what he is saying or doing. Sometimes I just say something to cover it up rather than speaking truth, but then I feel bad.  That is something I really need to work on. I am getting better, and sometimes I just stop what I am doing and lay hands on him and pray but other times, I just get real frustrated with him, because I know he knows better and he makes up these flimsy excuses like well that was just a reaction or , that's the New Yorker in me.  I just heard an answere to that excuse as I was talking. It sounded like God said well you need to find the God in you instead of the New Yorker. Good Answer God.

Dee Huber (dgh118)

Haha!   Leave it to God!  He can always give a good answer!  :-)

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