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10.16.09 | Comments[4]

I don't know why I don't do this more...  you know, blog. I guess, in part, it's because blogs can be so exposing.  It's a place where the barrier between you and me dissolves - a place where who I am, what I think and feel becomes known.  Being known - now that's a scary thing. It's also a wonderful thing.  I think of that old TV show "Cheers" - a place where everybody knows your name.  We all want that... we all want that place where we're known by name.  The trouble is, we don't always like our names. 

I'm not talking about "Sandy Gayle" (eeeech!) I'm talking about those names like "stupid," "fat," "not-good-enough," "worthless," - the names we're given by others. Sometimes they're the names we give ourselves.  These names drag behind us like a weight - they can shape and even cripple us. Maybe that's why it's so scary to be known... we're afraid someone might learn our hidden name and make it real.

One of the things I'm learning is that in Christ ( "in Christ", please get that) - in Christ I have a new name.  All those names like "unlovable" or "damaged" were on the Cross and laid in the grave.  I'm risen with Jesus Christ and have a resurrected name that forever has "in Christ" attached to it.  And as I begin to understand how vast His name is - and what it took to call my name and make me His...

I don't even know what to say.  It's too big for this stumbling, struggling bit of God-breathed dust to understand.  I am Sandy-in-Christ, and for that He has my forever praise.

Amen and later...

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on 10.16.09 Steve commented

I agree that at some level each of us desire to be known by other people. I worked part time for Walmart a couple years ago and there they use just your first name. So I am comfortable using just my first name.

on 10.17.09 _____ - in - Christ commented

Sandy -

What a beautiful blog ... and what a deep, scary, wonderful thought: that God loves me, just as I am. In fact, he loves me so much that he says I can come to him just as I am.

The problem comes when I don't feel like I am worthy. "God can't love me because I'm not performing well enough, I'm not working hard enough, I'm not enough ... period."

Thanks, Sandy, for reminding me that God loves me as I am. And, if my Holy God can love unholy me, then who am I to argue?

on 10.18.10 Judy commented

Sandy isn't it great God doesn't just know our name and who or what we are, but can use us anyways. Also even if we mess up He can and will turn it around for good, if we let him. I tell you that takes a lot off my shoulders. He Knows My Name WOW!!!! He loves It and I'm so thankful, because I know who I am with out Him and what we be come with Him. Part of a song comes to mind. " Something Beautiful, Something good all my confusion He understood and all I had to offer him was my brokenness and strife yet He made something beautiful of my life" What an Awesome God.

on 12.16.11 lee commented

Sandy isn't it great God doesn't just know our name and who or what we are, but can use us anyways. Also even if we mess up He can and will turn it around for good, if we let him. I tell you that takes a lot off my shoulders. He Knows My Name WOW!!!! He loves It and I'm so thankful, because I know who I am with out Him and what we be come with Him. Part of a P90x DVD song comes to mind. " Something Beautiful, Something good all my confusion He understood and all I had to offer him was my brokenness and strife yet He made something beautiful of my life" What an Awesome God.

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