A Lesson From My Favorite Actor

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One of my favorite actor’s is Archibald Leach. You would know him best as Cary Grant, the quintessential romantic leading man from the 1940’s.

Once told by an interviewer, “Everybody would like to be Cary Grant”, Grant is said to have replied, “So would I.”

Born in Bristol England, Archibald was a ruffian with a cockney accent. He was anything but suave and sophisticated. In his late teenage years, thinking acting might be a way to make an easy dollar, he went to a local theatre and starting to pick up some small parts. As he acted out these parts, he began to discover the kind of person he wanted to be. A person of culture and sophistication, a romantic figure, a ladies man.

And he portrayed this image so convincingly, thats seventy films later, he was known as “Mr. Sophistication.”

When asked if he’d always been so suave and sophisticated by a television interviewer, Cary Grant chuckled, “I played the part so frequently that it became me ultimately. I put on the character so often, that it became who I am.”

In Colossians 3:10-11, Paul is telling us to play a part as well as an actor would put on a role.

Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…Put on kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing with one another and forgiving one another…

“But if I “put on” won’t I be a fake person? Shouldn’t people just accept me the way I am?”

The truth is, that every person on the stage of life is acting some kind of part. The question is, will they like the parts’ they’ve chosen when the curtain goes down and the play is over?

As Christ-followers, let’s look also at what it tells us in Ephesians about this topic.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off  your old self,which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 (NIV)

We were created in the image of God and are called to “put on” Christ to the best of our ability. (Romans 13:14)

What does it mean to “put on” Christ?

In verses 12-14, Paul lists the following characteristics:

Mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, forbearance, forgiveness and love.

So to put on Christ means to display these same qualities. It means to continually ask, “What would Jesus do in this situation? How would Jesus respond? What does His Word say about this?”

And as as we work to become like Him (By His grace), we will find ourselves becoming the role and the role becoming us.

So let’s chose today to “put on” Christ.

With Love,

Christy Lee Lawson

You Have to Feel to Heal

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We all have painful and hurtful things that happen in our lives.

Many of those hurtful things can cause us to to withdraw from others, our church, and sometimes even from God.

Those hurts and pains, if not handled correctly, can become a hindrance to our faith and keep us from moving forward into all that God has for our lives here on earth.

So what do we do if our hurts and pains have begun to affect us in this harmful way?

I want to encourage you to take those hurts and pains and bring them to your Healer, Jesus Christ.

Get on the operating table with Him so He can do surgery in your heart to help heal you with His love.

I know from my own experience, that this is a painful process. How many times has He been doing at work in my heart, and I have jumped off the operating table because the pain seemed too great?

Sometimes He has to take you back through those memories so you can let it go to bring the healing you really need.

“You have to feel to heal.”

The Bible says in Pslams that God’s Word is our counselor. I want to encourage you to study, read, and meditate on his Word. His Word brings life and healing into our souls.

It’s also helped me to find a professional Christian counselor who can help me walk through the healing process so I don’t feel so alone.

So my brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to encourage you today to not choose a temporary fix for the pain in your lives. Maybe there’s an addiction that you had turn to for temporary relief from your pain. Maybe have drawn away from others’ and won’t allow people into your lives.

Whatever you have chosen to bring temporary relief for pain, I encourage you to lay that down and look to the true Healer of our souls, our Great Physician, to bring the healing you really need.

It will be a process, and it will take time, but I promise you it’s worth it.

With Love, ❤️
Christy

Psalms 107:19-21

How Do You Hear?

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Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given–and you will receive even more. Mark 4:24 (NLT)

I have seen that the more familiar with the Bible we become the more vulnerable we are to becoming tone-deaf.
 
We KNOW the Bible, but are we HEARING its tone?
 
How are we hearing?
 
Are we hearing God as an angry God who wants to punish us or are we hearing that God is a loving Heavenly Father who loves us so much that He gave His Son for us to set us free from our sins?
 
I love what James says…
 
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:17 (KJV)
This scripture shows us that we can be sure that whatever is pure, peaceable, gentle and merciful is from the heart of our Father.
So when we’re reading the Bible, hearing a sermon or even reading a book, we need to ask ourselves, “Does this sound like Who the Bible say’s Jesus is?”
Jesus is so loving and peaceful and full of mercy.
He doesn’t say we have to try harder or do more or He will be angry. He says, “I love you, and the work that I completed on the cross is finished.” (John 19:30)
 
Let’s remind ourselves to “hear” today what Christ has shown us through His Word in James 3:17
 
Let’s pay attention to the tone we’re hearing today.
 
How do we hear?