Tuesday, May 05, 2009

What's On Your Mind '09? - What's it about? edition

What's on Your Mind '09 is a blog carnival Shane started to challenge writers and encourage conversation. And this month's topic is Mythbusters!
This week's myth is: Christianity is all about being a good person.

Christianity is all about being a good person.

Really?
If that statement is true, then I must not be a Christian. Because I am not feeling "good" at all. I have been stressed by lots of stuff on my plate and looming deadlines. I have been frustrated by my little guy's ADHD exhibition, angered by my pre-pubescent son's smart-alec attitude, and flustered by my teenage daughter's incessant need to talk.
I was trying to be patient in the midst of it, and honestly - on the outside I was doing quite well. Wasn't stomping around. Didn't yell at anyone.
But before I fell prey to pride again, God's Spirit caused me to take a look at my heart.
Ooooo.
Not good.
Not good at all.
The outside might have looked OK, but the heart was a mess.
So I stood there with tears welling up in my eyes and I sang my favorite song for just such an occassion. Do you know this one?
And that is what I think Christianity is all about. I know I am not a "good" person. I pray through every moment I live, God will make me more like Him.

Becoming more like Him - that's what I think it's all about.

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9 comments:

My ADHD Me said...

Are we living in the same house?

Jessica said...

Wonderful post, Karen!
btw, my four year old son talks constantly. LOL I feel for you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!
By the way...my 4yr. daughter talks incessantly as well!! lol!! I'm with ya, girl! Praying for you too! :)
Patricia in ny

Mrs. Sidney said...

Karen,

I completely agree with you.. if being a Christian meant that you had to be good then I would never be good enough. I have to pray through so many things especially after a long weekend of my husbands friends and then a leacture from my mother in law about how I need to reach out to my sister in law even though she wont answer my calls, texts or emails... really being good isn't always easy.. thankfully God is willing to teach me and help me grow from all situations I face.

Thanks for sharing!!

Proverbs 27:19 said...

I like this song too!

smooches,
Larie

Amanda said...

Well said Karen!!! You are exactly right here. I wish everyone could see this!!

God bless-
Amanda

luvmy4sons said...

A great myth to debunk and any true Christian knows that from the get go. Realizing our wretchedness is key to understanding our need and knowing that the heart is desperately wicked above all else! Amen to this post! Love ya girlfriend!

heartreflections said...

I love "luvmy4sons" comment - realizing our wretchedness is key - amen - I am one wretched woman!

MOMSWEB said...

Thanks for sharing the reality of motherhood (smile). Glad I dropped by!