Transparency…

bad_dayGood Tuesday Friends,

Had a very discouraging day yesterday and I’m in my office this morning hoping to pray myself out of the slump it’s attempting to create. I figured the SNOW would lift me some… and it is… only slightly so far. I love snow… and I thank God for sending it TODAY. I just don’t know if a few inches and a bunch of ice of going to be enough… a foot maybe!

This is the challenge with writing a DAILY blog… I’m human. And I must say that there are some days I don’t feel like writing. There are some days I struggle for a very long time to push aside my own challenges so I can write something that will CHEER YOU GUYS ON. This is definitely one of those days!

So instead of greeting you with, “HAPPY TUESDAY EVERYONE” I started with, “Good Tuesday Friends” ending with a comma instead of an explanation point.

Please don’t send me a bunch of sympathy comments… that’s not my intention here. I just thought that I would discuss the subject of transparency while I could take advantage of my disadvantage! You never know when I will sink this low again… so hey, lets talk about being human today.

Transparency is defined as: free from pretense or deceit ; easily detected or seen through.

There is so much pressure in today’s society to APPEAR perfect all the time. We all want so badly to be strong and mighty every time we leave the house. We’ve been taught that people must never SEE us in our pajamas… never SEE us with messy hair… never SEE us have a single weak moment.

Whereas, I agree that we should always take our problems to God… and never become a “needy” person who sucks our peers dry as they spend all their energy lifting us up all the time. I also believe that it is healthy for people to know that we are HUMAN… and we crash every once in a while… that we cry real hard every once in a while. Its healthy for people to know that we are not perfect… and its healthy for them to watch God bring us through challenges to victory.

I wish that more humans would live free from pretense and deceit. That more of us were more easily detected and seen through. Then our world would not feel intimidated by our front of perfection… they would not be turned off by the fakeness they likely see though anyway. But they would SEE into our hearts and watch our SAVIOR make all things beautiful!

2 Corinthians 3:2b Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you.” And so it shall be with us… our lives becoming open letters for everyone to read and RECOGNIZE GODS GOOD WORK IN US!

Have a super day everyone… we are all overcomers because of Christ working in us! Chat with you later…

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11 thoughts on “Transparency…

  1. When you have a Bad day and don't feel like writing ,then Don't write that day spend the time you you would write with the Lord and we will know that you are not feeling up to par and we

    should Pray for you more that Day .I know some weeks I feel like I am a yo-yo up and down

    I also know I am more UP now since I been coming to DFC . You just keep on doing what you

    are doing I think you are doing a great job and I khow the LORD IS PROUD OF YOU .

    Love you BROTHER

    Donnie

  2. Chuck,

    Thanks for being transparent. That's what we love about you. It lets us know that if

    the pastor can be discouraged, it must be all right, occasionally. I came across this

    devotion yesterday and thougt, "I wonder if Chuck ever gets discouraged after a day like Saturday." So, I will share this with you.

    Do you fall into discouragement after spiritual highs?

    Elijah was afraid and fled for his life.… Then he went alone into the desert.… He sat down

    under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die.

    1 Kings 19:3-4 NLT

    About this week's promise

    Elijah experienced the depths of fatigue and discouragement just after his two great

    spiritual victories: the defeat of the prophets of Baal and the answered prayer for rain.

    To lead him out of depression, God first let Elijah rest and eat. Then God confronted him

    with the need to return to his mission in life—to be God's prophet. Elijah's battles were

    not over; there was still work for him to do. Often discouragement sets in after great

    spiritual experiences, especially those that produce a high level of emotional excitement

    or that require a lot from us physically. When you feel let down after a spiritual "high,"

    do what is necessary to restore your inner resources. And remember that God still has a

    purpose and plan for you.

    • Wow you guys… outstanding! Kathy, is that an ON TIME MESSAGE or what! I suppose this is part of your ENCOURAGER gifting IN ACTION! Thanks for the thoughts…

      Donnie… thanks for the prayer. 🙂

      You guys have a super day!

  3. theres only one way from dicouragement and that the u turn to encouragement..its sooo easy to get that way but rise and shine is not as easy as it seems….your transparent human feelings are what makes you so dynamic ,because it makes you sooo real and sincere..i will say a special chuck prayer for you today as i sit and feel yucky myself i know im not alone because jesus has his yucky days to yet he keeps on blessing and keeps on keeping on as you always shine thru..on my way to work today i saw this bright light over ole white hill and just knew you were awake and praising him as always…so chin up and about face we got alot of work to do..and we love you soooo much believe or not i look for that bright light each day..its just i smile aglowing all over your life…pamalamadingdong myers

  4. Chuck

    I am sorry to hear that you are having a bad day. But you are right in every word you said. I

    feel down alot, when the weather is bad it comes really hard. But since I gave my all to God

    I dont suffer from down days, at least not yet. Everyone thinks that a Christian is supposed to never have bad, sad, down days but we really do have to go through it to reminds us that we are human. Its how we over come it that shows our strength with God. Most people just lay around and blame it all on God. I know beacuse I have been there and done it but its not his fault. Over coming it and looking atthe "Glass Half Full" we help you get through the day. Then the next day you will feel so much better!

    God has a purpose for everything and you did what he wanted with it. You could of just layed around and not did a blog today but no Chuck sucked it up and turn his frown upside down. I hope that towmorrow your day is full of warmth and happyness.

    Chuck I would like for you to pray for me, I am so nervous about Thursday and I want to make the kids at RHS see Gods love and how awesome and exciting it is to give your all to God and ho w great his rewards are. I have been trying to get a hold of Jessica Smith to talk to her but she wont answer the phone, if someone talks to her please tell her I am trying to reach her and to call me at 280-5472.

    love <3hettie

    • Hettie… you just posted comment 399, meaning that I am able to post #400! Thanks for the thoughts… you have a very good handle on how life works Hettie… and God is working in your life so much already! I gave your number to Jessica and she is going to call you…

      Keep walking with God and you are going to do really well on Thursday… persecution will only make you stronger as long as you keep reading your Bible and praying like you have! Oh, and surround yourself with a few committed Christians… and your NEW LIFE will be a blast no matter how much rejection you face.

      Read John 15:18-21 "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.'[b] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me."

      Have a most outstanding day 🙂

    • Isaiah 35… one of my favorite chapters in the bible.
      verses 1-4
      The desert and the parched land will be glad;
      the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
      Like the crocus, 2 it will burst into bloom;
      it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
      The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
      the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
      they will see the glory of the LORD,
      the splendor of our God.
      3 Strengthen the feeble hands,
      steady the knees that give way;

      4 say to those with fearful hearts,
      "Be strong, do not fear;
      your God will come,
      he will come with vengeance;
      with divine retribution
      he will come to save you."

  5. It is when we are transparent that others can learn from us. Monday was a bad day for me. I didn't have my lesson plans done and then I had to deal with an unruly child. I emailed my Assistant Principal to let her know that I did not use my time wisely and didn't get my lesson plans finished. She came to me and said that I wish more people were as honest as you. She told me I was an example to be followed in that area. She reminded me that I am human, but that I can rise above the day I had.