Living one's life as an open book

Many years ago I made the conscious decision to allow my life to be an open book. A person cannot open the book in some areas but not in others. That is not an open book. As difficult as it is to share what goes on in my life (both good and bad), it continues to be my commitment to allow God to teach through the pages of my open book.

There are many people who feel it is a sign of weakness to talk openly about one's problems. I have been told many times that my insistence on sharing what is taking place in my life is neither wanted or right to talk about. It seems to that these people only want me to talk about the Bible while projecting an aura of physical, mental and spiritual perfection.

For anyone who has been on this site longer than a few weeks, you know that I have lived through and suffered A LOT in my life. I have freely shared details of the intense battles I have been involved in over the years, holding nothing back. I am not ashamed that these battles took place because in the end, God always protected me and kept me alive to fight another day.

Spiritually, I am as perfect as my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Spiritually I am as holy as the Holy Spirit who lives in me. Spiritually, my body and soul is a tabernacle for Almighty God who dwells in my heart. Spiritually, I suffer no need and need not ask for anything more than what God has already graciously given to me through His grace. Spiritually, I am complete in Him.

As perfect as I am spiritually, my mind and body are not perfect yet. Through this sojourn which is my life, I must put up with a very imperfect body and at times a very cantankerous mind. Being a human (as opposed to a god), I must work very hard to corral the stray thoughts that are not in alignment with God's Word and bring them into subjection to Christ. Being human, I must endure times of physical pain and distress and not allow them to drive me away from the God I love with all my heart.

I believe there is something very important that we all need to see in Romans 8:38, 39:

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Many Christians seem to believe that all the things listed in these verses do not exist for a believer. To the contrary, everything from death to any creature on earth DO exist and form the context for our daily battles in this life. These verses do not deny the existence of bad things seeking to drag us down or knock us out, but rather the promise that none of those things can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The mark of being a “good Christian” is NOT found in never having battles in this life but rather the tenacity to never allow anything or anyone to drive us away from the love of God in Christ in us as Martin Luther wrote when he penned the hymn “A mighty fortress is our God” :

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God's own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God's truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

 Kirk M
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K Reynolds+

When I was diagnosed with cancer six years ago, God told me I needed to be "vulnerable" meaning I needed to be willing to open up my heart and let people see what was going on. Truthfully, that was the last thing I wanted to do but I decided to do it.

I remember how all my non-Christian co-workers reacted to my "vulnerability". Their reaction was very positive and it opened doors for them to ask me questions and they told me I had given them much to think about. Because of the things I said, they knew I was fully aware of the graveness of my situation. They knew I did not have my head in the sand and they knew that I was experiencing the same thoughts they themselves would be having but... that's when they noticed something else. They wanted to know about the peacefulness which seemed to surround me despite all of those things.

I wish I could say all the Christians I encountered reacted the same way. Unfortunately, I cannot. While most did, I remember there were a few CB members who did not. They viewed my "vulnerability" as a negative thing. I was "weak", lacked "enough faith" and God was punishing me. All I can say is that at the time, none of these people had ever had cancer, none of them had experienced chemo and radiation treatments and none of them had been told that even with treatment, the likelihood of their NOT having cancer recur within the next ten years was only about 26%!

This is a very important blog. We need to pull off our party mask and gloves and allow the world, including fellow Christians to see reality. It is the only way that they will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are genuine and the God who brings you through the rough times... can do the same thing for them.

Blessings!

K :princess:

joyce+

Can I say that I believe living one's life as an open book demands great courage. It allows others to see that their struggles, their hurts, their pain and their illnesses are things that others understand.

I Personally see God more in the sweet struggles of my Godly friends than in the dictatorial writing of those who demand physical and spiritual perfection and believe that anything less is indicative of a Godless and self centred life.

I continue to be taught through your open book, and only pray that I knew more like you.