Crumbs – Authenticity versus Platitudes and Pat Answers

“’Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse, ‘It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.’

‘Does it hurt?’ asked the Rabbit.

‘Sometimes,’ said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. ‘When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.’

‘Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,’ he asked, ‘or bit by bit?’

‘It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.” Margery Williams Bianco The Velveteen Rabbit

                        “Authentic Christianity should lead to maturity, personality, and reality. It should fashion whole men and women living lives of love and communion.”  Brennan Manning The Ragamuffin Gospel

 

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket—safe, dark, motionless, airless—it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.”  C.S. Lewis (British Scholar and Novelist, 1898-1963

                                                                                                                       

In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers reminds us that God engineers our circumstances in order for us to exercise our faith in the realities of life. Then, “no matter where God may place us or what inner emptiness we experience, we can praise God that all is well.”

                      “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” II Corinthians 1:3-4

                                                                                  

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2 Responses to “Crumbs – Authenticity versus Platitudes and Pat Answers”
  1. Love this post, Liz. The act of “being real” with people is an attractive quality. Who wants to hang around someone who thinks they have all the answers and a perfect life? When we’re looking at them and KNOW BETTER!

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