11.21.2009

Be Christ!

Who is my mother and who are my brothers?
Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven
is my brother, and sister and mother.

Mt 12:48-50

Next week I am in the Bay Area with my nuclear family. From Monday to Friday, my wife and I will be with my 80-year old mom, 5 siblings, and numerous nephews and nieces. Being with my family has its joys, and its challenges. So I decided to have a spiritual direction session, well, for spiritual direction.

At the end of my session, my spiritual director said, Be Christ. Use words only when necessary. I lighted up when she said that. Now that's a challenge I will gladly face. The benefits will go way beyond next week. And why not Be Christ in every moment, in every place?

Isn't that why Jesus came to be? For Jesus to show us God's Will and how to fulfill it? For us to be God's Love no matter what, where, and when?

How about you? Where or when do you find it challenging to be Christ and where or when do you find it so easy it feels like you can walk on water?

Surely goodness and mercy
shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell
in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.
-Psalm 23

2 comments:

Rebecca Johnson said...

I am finding it very hard to be Christ on this Sunday morning. It happens almost every week. My insides are a turmoil and I don't know why.

You ask the question, "why not be Christ"? Because something in me hasn't gotten to where it needs to be. It is my desire and I am giving the opportunity to practice, practice, practice like I am this morning. But, I'm not there yet.

I'll let you know when I am. : )

Roy said...

Hi Rebecca- Your comment inspired my post just now. I feel your turmoil, as I am preparing for my flight (descent?) to the Bay Area. This reminds me of when I was in competitive racquetball. I am not a natural competitor and tournaments usually wiped me out days (!) before the tournament! Talk about turmoil in my guts!

And may I add, regarding your "I'm not there yet": You are where God placed you to be here and now. And where you are, million others are experiencing what you are experiencing here and now.

Love and Com-passion to you, dear friend.