Sunday, October 5, 2008

Words of Wisdom from the Skin Horse

“What is Real?” asked the Rabbit one day. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY love you, then you become Real. It doesn’t happen all at once. You become. It takes a long time. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of you hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

This quote was part of the sermon today from the series on the transforming power of Jesus. Intimacy with Christ deepens our faith and equips us to serve others. Transformation doesn't just happen. It is a process by which we become more Christ like. When this happens we move ourselves out of the way. Then we can be real with ourselves and others. We realize that our world must revolve around Christ, not "me". Once we find our satisfaction in Christ, we can truly serve others. This takes time, focus, and spiritual discipline.

Lots of great stuff from the sermon today...this is just a tidbit...all very applicable, very biblical.
I am not doing the sermon justice.

I'm struggling with this one. Being real is painful.

Here's to keeping it real...pain and that we may be transformed.

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