Sermon Snap Shot March 4, 2018

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Sermon Snap Shot March 4, 2018

“There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular” – Luke 6:26, The Message
Your task is to be true…not popular. Write that on your mirror and repeat it to yourself everyday. Could it be that the goal of the Christian life is to become the most true YOU…the YOU that God has desired for you to be since before you were born?
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Growing up my Mom was the Mom that all of my friends envied. She was young, physically fit and always dressed for the occasion. Little did I know until years later that she was working real hard to be and look like the kind of wife that she felt like she needed to be for my dad.
You see my dad was in banking and – especially back in the day – this meant attending some kind of social or community event pretty much every weekend. So my mother worked real hard to take care of herself…she wanted to look good for my dad.
When my dad was hired by First Citizens Bank to launch their operation in Charleston in the early ’70s, my mom, I would later learn, felt added pressure. While my dad was a hometown boy who had gone off to Clemson to play football before coming back home, my mom was no Charleston blue-blood. No, she was from Marion, SC or, better yet, “Mairn” (one syllable) in the heart of the Pee Dee.
I’ll never forgot the night that my parents walked out of the bedroom before another one of their big social functions. My dad walks is wearing his tuxedo (it seemed like they’d go to a black tie function once a month back then!)…and my mom is wearing the most recent fashion trend – hotpants!
My brothers and I were like, “Wow, Mom, where did you get those from!” It was obvious that we had embarrassed her a little. And, apparently, we’d hit a nerve that I would not fully understand until years later.
You see my mom, unbeknownst to us, was struggling. Here she is, this Pee Dee girl in the big city of Charleston going to all of these high falutin events and feeling like a total fraud. Like she was trying to be someone that she wasn’t.
She shared this story with me a number of years later – I think I was 14 or 15 and probably trying to figure out who I was going to be as I grew up with many of the same big city temptations. As she finished sharing her personal confession with me, she said this…something that I have never forgotten.
“So in the end, I finally got up the courage to tell your father. ‘This is not me. I feel like a fish out of water. I can’t do this anymore. From now on, I am going to focus on just being the best Brenda that I can be.'”
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We talk a lot about how the season of Lent is a journey. A journey of prayer and introspection. A journey of fasting and self-denial. A journey of confession and healing. A journey toward new-life and Resurrection.
And Lent should also be a season when we take one more step toward becoming our true selves in Christ Jesus.
 
From Sunday, March 4 message “Blessings?…and Whoa with the Woes” based on Luke 6:20-26, the third in the five week series “Say What? Do What? Five of Jesus’ Most Controversial Lessons”
 
Rev. Lane Glaze
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

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