"I believe that Jesus calls all of us to let go of the desire to appear good, to give up the appearance of being good, so that we can listen to the word within us and move into the mystery of who we are."
Brennan Manning, "Reflections for Ragamuffins"
This is so "me" today it just jumped off the page and bit me in the nose! I never left the house, when I was a kid, without the marching orders from my mother, "Be a good girl!" Now, of course, there is nothing wrong with that...I learned to behave and that is necessary in life. But I also became far too concerned with how I looked to others and how others viewed me. And that has been a weight around my ankle for a long time. There is a difference between actually BEING good and LOOKING like you're being good. And therein lies the disconnect. That is what Brennan Manning wants to call our attention to today. You see, it's not enough to just have others think you are walking the walk and talking the talk. You must actually BE walking the walk...it doesn't matter what others perceive. Me being so concerned with how I look to others is just narcissism, isn't it? Good grief, that is a lot to think about on a winter Wednesday! Well, let's give it a wee thought and then move on...love heidi