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Watch out where you go
10/29/2007 6:30:05 AM
What are the recipients of the destination looking for from you?
Watch out where you go. What are the recipients of the destination looking for from you? Are they open to you with a wecoming spirit and an open door? Or are they announcing ultimatums with measuring tools before allowing you inside anywhere near their meeting places?

Granted, I thought that being Biblically oriented was enough when I went to the church I visited over the course of these past few weeks. The women were wonderful, the singing was fun, the service was what I was looking for in style. I thought I had found the 'right place'.

Then, the leopard leapt out of the hidden closet. "Be healed" first. "Come here to be healed".

"Healed of what?" I wondered?

And so the litany began of faults. Judgments.

"Hold on a minute", I protested. "What right do you have to judge me?"

"What makes you think I need healing?" knowing full well the judger knew nothing about me, and that our last conversation had been eight years prior. She obviously would be completely closed to anything I had to offer the parish.

Yet, the judgment went on, fiercer this time.
I stood my ground for awhile, then saw that it was useless due to the judger's position as wife to the parish head. What I saw was a style of spirit in the head, the leadership of the congregation.

I departed after reporting the event to the assistant head of the parish. He stood dismayed. I doubt there is anything he can do since the attitude can only be changed by God.

What is your attitude in accepting others in? Do they have to measure a certain criteria? Dress code? Credentials? Neighborhood? Style?

Or are we accepting in the Name of Jesus the sinner that everyone of us is..... the filthy, the ragged, the poor, the homeless, the sinner, the loud, the arrogant, the whatever.... you fill in the blank. Jesus did. It was His gentle love that soothed the spirit and kindled kindness in others, shaping them to love others.


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More Blogs by Stephanie S. Sawyer
• Difficult Christmas Season - Thursday, December 18, 2008
• Death and a Closed Door - Saturday, November 22, 2008
• Happy News - Friday, October 10, 2008
• The Wisdom of Homelessness - Thursday, October 09, 2008
• Without Communication - Monday, September 15, 2008
• The Day After Ike - Sunday, September 14, 2008
• IKE affects TOMBALL, TX - Sunday, September 14, 2008
• AFter the Storm - Saturday, September 13, 2008
• Ike is headed toward me. - Friday, September 12, 2008
• Second Round - Saturday, September 06, 2008
• Fully Satisfied - Wednesday, September 03, 2008
• An Obstacle Too Big for Me - Saturday, August 23, 2008
• Completely Won Over - Sunday, August 10, 2008
• Life is Good in Tomball, Texas - Sunday, July 13, 2008
• Giving it away again - Wednesday, July 09, 2008
• Candid level experiences - Monday, May 05, 2008
• A New Found Freedom - Wednesday, April 16, 2008
• Truth and Honorable Course of Action - Saturday, March 29, 2008
• Determination - Monday, March 17, 2008
• I did it! - Sunday, March 09, 2008
• Old Main - Friday, February 15, 2008
• People to Count On - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• God bless Aunt Blanche! - Sunday, February 10, 2008
• Death at the Door Step - Friday, February 08, 2008
• Love is Stronger - Sunday, February 03, 2008
• It's God's Grace in My Message - Friday, February 01, 2008
• Sold Out! - Monday, January 07, 2008
• Public treatment of epilepsy - Thursday, January 03, 2008
• Defeat and disease conquered - Saturday, December 29, 2007
• Sunday School List - Sunday, December 23, 2007
• A gift of hope to everyone who reads it" - Sunday, December 16, 2007
• All I Want for Christmas - Friday, December 14, 2007
• Wisdom from a Homeless Man - Wednesday, December 12, 2007
• The Hard Way.... or Not - Wednesday, December 05, 2007
• Breaking Stereotypes - Saturday, December 01, 2007
• Tribute to my Husband - Tuesday, November 27, 2007
• the Scariest will Bless - Thursday, November 22, 2007
• Deep Marks on my Heart - Thursday, November 15, 2007
• my silence - Tuesday, November 13, 2007
• all wrapped up - Saturday, November 10, 2007
•  Watch out where you go - Monday, October 29, 2007  
• A True Winner - Thursday, October 18, 2007
• Stand Up! - Tuesday, October 16, 2007
• The Pew: an Imprint - Monday, October 15, 2007
• Goosebumps on the arms - Friday, October 05, 2007
• God's special touches - Tuesday, September 25, 2007
• No anxiety here - Wednesday, September 19, 2007
• Heritage - Sunday, September 16, 2007
• Only one thing to do - Monday, September 10, 2007
• Family Customs - Sunday, September 09, 2007
• A Split Focus - Tuesday, September 04, 2007
• Wonderful victories in my life - and a ring - Monday, August 20, 2007
• new book on the way... - Saturday, August 18, 2007


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