Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Can't Get Enough of the Real

I can’t get enough reality--real people, real truth, real things. As a child, I was enamored with fantasy, with images, with romance—the stuff that takes you out of reality. As I’ve aged, I’ve grown to love the real. I recognize that finding it in completion takes a life time, and that only in eternity will we not “see through a glass darkly.” But I’m ever pursuing it. Reality is so much more fulfilling than fantasy.

I want to know and engage real people. They are the ones who want truth and have given themselves over to Jesus Christ. They are the ones who will stand by you, believe in you, tell you (lovingly) when you have erred, help you get back on your feet, learn and grow with you as you travel this journey--understanding and aligning your life with what's real. Relationships with real people are filled with more than fantasy, imagery, or romance could ever bring. Those relationships bring satisfaction day after day after day.

I want to know reality…truth…the way things really are. I want to understand reality so that I can live in it. I believe there is truth…reality to be had, and I believe Jesus Christ knows it. I love what He was as a man and what He is, as depicted in the scripture. I want to reflect Him and draw others to Him.

I want to surround myself with real things--things which reflect what is truly valuable. I enjoy a beautiful home and yard, but only because He is felt in them…His order and symmetry, His care and creativity, His welcome and warmth.

Yes, I can’t get enough of reality, because there are always those with a facade. There is always that which is not true. There are always meaningless things in this life. Truly, I am blessed. I have found real people. I have found what I believe to be the source of truth. I have found how things can be endowed with meaning.

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Thanks be to God.