When I was a girl I was a camera hog! Family films, photo albums, and siblings stories will attest, I never saw a camera I didn't welcome. Well, welcome with part j o y part f e a r. Fear because when it's all said and done I wasn't sure I could hold your attention. Putting on a show helps when you're uncertain of the r e a l d e a l. Even to yourself.
And there comes a time in all of our lives where we must ask, "Why do I go after or avoid _____?"
Introverts and extroverts alike must look beneath personality to motives of the heart.
Gently but firmly, carefully but honestly, and fiercely but ever so kindly Jesus begins to unveil...both the beauty and tragedy in each of our dispositions. He does it for our good to replace human fear with lavish, gospel l o v e.
And for a time each of us must ask for forgiveness for stealing the limelight or not ever entering it.
But it doesn't stop there. For that would be incomplete.
We move into r e p e n t a n c e. We look to Him and let him unfold, instruct, and show us a n e w w a y. And here is where the true beauty and strength is unearthed....
I open up and let myself enter His limelight. His response. His approval.
Then the vulnerable, wobbly, uncomfortable comes....
Offer you again. Offer the quiet strength. The limelight. The contemplative. Whatever it is for each of us, He longs to unveil His work/ His glory, for our joy.
Y e s.
Restored dignity, restored uniquenesses. Restored and being restored steps of faith for His limelight and our good.
So here's to silly, wonky, playful, making a seen in the most joyous way, w o r s h i p!