Week 46: Tuesday – A Healthy Village

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A HEALTHY VILLAGE: AUTHENTICITY

“We are constantly invited to be who we are.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” – Hebrews 4:13 (NIV)

Internet explosion, WiFi demand and the rise of Facebook has led to a very familiar portrait of a family.  Dad is reading the menu in a restaurant.  Mom’s eyes are glued to her S4 as it entertains 11-month old baby with its downloaded A-B-C-D song.  Teenage son surfs the net using the restaurant’s WiFi access with his iPad.  Teenage daughter is angling for a good picture and excitedly uploading it on Facebook.  Younger son is playing Dumb Ways to Die in his Android.

Everybody’s here, and yet everybody’s absent. Wired through technology but seldom connected.

The average Facebook user spends over 700 billion minutes in a month.  The Philippines ranks # 8 among the top 10 countries on Facebook.  Very telling statistics on how we spend our 21st century lives.

It makes things easier when it comes to divulging things like, “—feeling amazed J” or “—feeling sad L”  Talking on the level of feelings has never been this easy.  But the problem now lies in “Is anybody listening?  Does anybody care?”  The number of “likes” reflect if their words over the wall were really seen and heard.

Only 12 likes.  More posts to follow.  Hopefully the following posts will get more likes.

We live in a relationally hungry era.  It is easy to hide behind the Wall.

Being authentic has always been a problem of man.  Adam and Eve hid from God.  This era, we hide from man.  But it gets tiring—this business of trying to hide.  Isn’t there a place where I can just be me and be loved?

There is…

Enter into the Lord’s rest…

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13   )

We can rest knowing, we don’t have to hide anything from the Lord.  He knows.  He sees.  No darkness can hide us from Him.  No secrets can keep Him away.  No mask can alter the way He looks at us.

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

The blood of Jesus is what God sees when we enter into His grace.

Enter into His village…and rest…that we might know what grace and love is on two feet.

But it takes courage to bare all.  To be exposed before God gives courage and melts away double/triple-life  and deceit hardened hearts.  To be authentic before our village gives protection and strength to pursue truth before others doing the same.

We are constantly invited to be who we are. –Henry David Thoreau

Will you take the invitation today?

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