Rediscovering Advent: Show Me, That I Too May See

As a writer, I constantly struggle with trying to show instead of tell.  It's so much easier to say "my character likes cheese" than to write a scene depicting said characters love of cheese.  As Christians, we need to write our lives the same way.  Christianity shouldn't be do as I say and not what I do, Christianity should be imitation as the greatest form of flattery.  Every act of ours should be in imitation of Christ.

Turning to the disciples. Jesus said to them privately, "Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!  For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.
Luke 10:23-24

I know it's cliche, but lately I've been finding myself thinking "What would Jesus do?"  That's why I'm trying to live an authentic life.  And it's hard, believe me.  I have too much of what the cat licks his ass, as my grandpa would say.  A lot of times, just holding my tongue instead of word vomiting whatever is going on in my head is a really good way for me to reflect Christ.  I have been considered brash, over the top, and blunt on a good day.  I tell it like it is.  When there's a line, I like to hurl myself over it for the sake of ridiculousness and the possibility of laugh.  And while this isn't always necessarily bad, it's not necessarily good either.  Especially when the jokes come at someone else's expense.   

So it's something I need to work on.  I need to show, not tell.  Do, not speak.  And that's really hard, because I'm far from perfect.  And as I mentioned before, I tend to see the dark side of people before I see the light.  But it's time for that to change.

This advent, I work on preparing my heart for You, Lord.  I work on shaping my actions to be a reflection of You.  Make me a mirror, oh God.  Please help me to be.  You are the way to true happiness, to an authentic life.  Teach me to see.  Teach me to hear.

1 comment:

  1. I have this exact problem! I am constantly working on "softening" myself and biting my tongue. I'm a work in progress, haha.