Speak the Truth

Photo Caption: I mentioned briefly yesterday, but my mom gave me the Art award as my 7th grade art teacher. And for the past 15 years, I've been pretty mortified about it. If your mom is the teacher, she can't give you the award. I think there's a rule about that. And while I still think I'd go back and ask her not to do it, I have realized recently how she was trying to say something to me, to show me something about myself that it's taken 15 years to see in myself. She spoke the T R U T H to me when I couldn't and wouldn't see it. Recently I was talking to my (wise, patient, kind) sister about speaking the truth. She was encouraging me in a particular situation to look beyond the present circumstance, and see what was GOOD and TRUE in that person, and tell them. Someone, who she didn't particularly even think liked her, did that for her in a moment where she felt defeated and lonely, and it has significantly impacted her. One time I heard @bobgoff talk about telling people WHO they are-- even when they don't see it. And yesterday I heard a sermon talking about how we are called to be prophets of the future hope-- of what we know to be true and what we see as coming true. We have the opportunity to see in others what they can't see in themselves sometimes, and I think we need to take that more seriously. God sees a hope for us we cannot see-- we are able to be loved when we feel most unloveable. And we need to know that from each other, too. Do you know someone who is a great friend? Tell her. Do you know someone who perseveres in places others would abandon? Tell him you see that. We see God's character working through others all the time: to my very core, I believe that any goodness in me or others is from God above, a reflection of being made in his likeness. So let's tell each other those things, and serve as a mirror for one another to see God's work in them as well. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

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