Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Walking With Jesus-Be Yourself
I am Todd. Nobody else is. Nobody else wants to be. I am Todd and that is enough. That is good enough. Nobody else does the things I do, feels the way I feel, has had the experiences I have had.
I am me and that is good enough. I do not have to be like someone else. I do not have to hide the person that I am.
Many times I do hide the person that I am. I am going to let you in on a secret, I do not like contemporary Christian music. I think it all sounds the same, it is marketed to a certain audience to make money, it is not very original, not many of the musicians have slaved over their craft, the lyrics are very kitsch, and the music is generic. I would rather listen to Johnny Cash or the Beatles any day. I have always felt like that is something I must hide in the world I live in. From Bible college to other pastors, listening to music other than contemporary Christians was looked down upon. But I am Todd, so I will listen to John, Paul, George, and Ringo. At the same time I will not looked down on others for listening to contemporary Christian music which I have a very strong opinion about.
I have things I don't like about me, and things I do. I wish I hadn't got my grandfather's hairline, but his tenderness in prayer I am glad I received. I also got his eyes, which have been a challenge, but also have shaped me as well. I can draw a little, lift weights a little, read a lot, love being a husband, father, son, brother, pastor. I am Todd
I want to be like Jesus. I have discovered in a mysterious way the more I become like Jesus, the more I become my true self. Selah.
Andrew McCutchen, the centerfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, is good at imitating other batters mannerisms. But he could never bat like them in a game, nor does he need to. He is great just being himself.
So I just want to be Todd.
What about you? Are you an imitation or are you yourself?
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