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Christian Blog vulnerability

Showing the Whole Picture

Have you ever experienced something that hit so close to home you found yourself saying, “That’s me.”

This happened last week when I read a post by Sandrah, at OneMunchingMama. Her masterful piece, A Part of the Picture describes how we often show others only the parts of our life we want them to see.

⏪ to Wednesday night.

I’m standing before my church choir conducting the anthem for Sunday worship. Our regular director, my musical mentor, just handed the rehearsal over to me.

But it’s been a long day. I’m emotionally drained and am just not feeling it. Despite being qualified for the task, my self-confidence is near zero.

“Don’t let them see it,” I say to myself. I rehearse the anthem and return to my comfortable seat in the tenor section.

We’re afraid to show the parts of our life that are still under construction.

Sandrah, from OneMunchingMama

⏩ to Sunday.

Our music director is out of town and I’m leading. As choir members trickle in, one of the sopranos comes up to my wife and me. She takes us each by the hand and prays: “Heavenly Father, help David as he leads today.” That was thoughtful.😊

Later, one of the altos says, “You’re doing a great job. Don’t worry too much about what others think.”

⏸ Uh oh. They know!

The worship service goes according to plan. Afterwards, a friend from the bass section, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, says “You can lead, David, but you don’t always think you can.”


Kind reader, the people who know and love you best are well aware of your shortcomings. Yet they accept you anyway. Today, and every day, don’t be afraid to let the whole picture show. Those that truly matter don’t mind.

But wait, there’s more! God knows and loves you, too.

I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.

Jeremiah 31:3b (NIV)

Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️

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Christian Living evangelism

Skateboarders Welcome

The young man was standing like a statue on the shoulder of a busy four lane highway. He appeared fixated on something at a church next to the road.

Driving closer, I saw the skateboard. “Oh, I bet he’s looking for a good parking lot to ride.”

But he took off –kicking his way down the emergency lane of a major thoroughfare.

When I passed him I noticed: no helmet, no pads and no reflective clothing. The cherry on top was a huge pair of headphones over his ears.

The kid was flirting with disaster.


How many people do we happen upon daily who are, at least spiritually speaking, skateboarding next to a highway? No helmet of salvation, no shield of faith (elbow and knee pads) and no reflective clothing (belt of truth). – Ephesians 6:13-17 (NIV)

They stop and stare at churches, while huge headphones blast their favorite tunes.

What are they thinking?

“Is someone like me welcome here? Oh, there’s an “Absolutely No Skateboarding!” sign. I’d better keep kickin’ down the highway.”

In full disclosure, I saw no sign that said not to skateboard at the church. But such things have happened. God’s people could (and should) have a greater positive impact on the world.

But how?

A good first step is to offer a place where people who are flirting with disaster feel welcomed. Somehow we must convince folks that the church is safer than the shoulder of the highway. The power of the gospel can do this–prompt a person to leave the four lane for the narrow path.

But we must be the hands and feet of Christ; and this involves a willingness to get these hands and feet dirty.

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

Jesus – Matthew 5:14 (NIV)

Do you know how I feel right now, and will feel until Christ’s life becomes visible in your lives? Like a mother in the pain of childbirth.

Paul – Galatians 4:19 (MSG)

Photo by Marc Kleen on Unsplash

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Christian Blog Security

A Piece of the Rock

As a child, I remember a famous commercial for Prudential insurance. In the ad, a man stands out on his front porch after a tree just fell through his roof. His concerned neighbors come to investigate, but he calmly says, “It’s okay, I have a piece of the rock.” The intended message was that Prudential is strong and solid–able to handle any claim.

But an insurance company wasn’t the first to use this idea. King David wrote about it thousands of years before.

Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

Psalm 61:1-2

Here, we find not just a piece of the rock but peace IN the Rock–Jesus Christ. The psalmist cries out to God alone. He understands that other people cannot meet his greatest need, only the God who created him can do that.

We live in this world, but our true citizenship is in heaven (Phillipians 3:20). This can make any believer feel cut off from God, especially during difficult times. But God IS listening and He STILL delivers.

The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.

Psalm 34:17

Not only does God hear the cry of the righteous, He rescues them Himself. He doesn’t set up a worthless customer service line (ever been there?) to create the illusion of helping people.

When it comes to his children, God takes care of everything (Romans 8:28).

Satisfaction Guaranteed.

When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way.

Psalm 142:3

https://davidsdailydose.org/2020/08/01/a-piece-of-the-rock/