...a little extreme in certain situations. I am very picky about my kids' diet. I am the crazy mommy that feeds her babies organic and clothes her little one in cloth diapers. I am the mommy who has bedtimes and actually sticks with them. I am the mommy who has a hard time leaving her kids with anyone and driving away from them to have some "adult" time. I am the mommy who wants her kids to obey with joyful hearts the first time... not delaying in obedience. But, am I the mommy who is extreme enough in her faith?
This is Liam when he was very sick and I wanted to get a pic of his runny nose, puffy eyes, and sad disposition.
He looks like he's being persecuted. :) No children were hurt in the taking of this photo.
I don't think following Christ always feels good... there will be persecution.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If 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. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you.”
John 15:18-20 NIV
In church we discussed whether or not your light is really shining if you are not being persecuted in some way. You hear about people, like the young preacher in Iran, who are being tortured for their faith. I mean, he is going to be beheaded. Who even does that anymore??? I guess there are some people who still think that is a perfect form of punishment. He was asked to denounce the name of the Lord and worship Allah, and then he could go home. He didn't denounce the name of the Lord... and thus, he's about to lose his life and leave a family behind. And, yet here I am clicking away on my computer on my comfy couch listening to my hubby watch football on the tv. Here's my question, do I let my light shine bright enough for people to even know that I am someone to be persecuted for Christ? Do I stand up for Christ and take enough risk to be considered extreme for Jesus? I love my church family. I love that I am challenged by our church leader. I find peace in the thought that he will keep the flock challenged.
I am extreme in many areas, but I have a lot of growing to do when it comes to loving others enough to make my self uncomfortable for their sake. I need strength to speak the Truth to those who might in turn persecute me, or my family. I want to love Jesus enough to let my light shine... no matter the cost.