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I have a story to tell that I think is pretty funny. At least it’s funny in my head! I’ve told a couple of people and I could tell they didn’t think it was as funny as I thought it was. It may have been, “Guess you just had to have been there.” kind of funny stories. Anyway, humor me and if anything you can pretend like you think it’s funny! šŸ™‚

Last week I was out doing my normal weekly errands. But on that day, it was raining. I had finished at the grocery store and unloaded my groceries in my car, in the rain. Fun times. I had one more stop to make. Note that I could have grabbed my umbrella, but, it was now in a compartment under the groceries! So, I’m at the next store and realize I’m going to have to make “a run for it!” More little speed walk. Inside the car, I try to have everything I need so I can made my mad dash to get out, shut and lock to doors. I fumble out, lock my doors, put my head down and head for the main doors of the store. My head is down so I’m not paying 100% to where I am going. I end up going in the out! There are 4 or so people there, I am assuming, waiting for someone to pick them up at the door so they don’t get drenched. How nice for them! šŸ™‚ I do the, “Pardon me, Excuse me. Pardon me, Excuse me” until I can break free and catch a breath. I am now rather wet and am trying to dry off a little, still not paying 100% to where I am going. Some stores have arrows on the floor to inform customers the “correct direction” to be walking. Once I finally pause a second, I realize I going down the wrong way on the “one way” aisle. At this point I’m laughing at myself and getting some odd looks. Oh well. Once I finally get going in the right direction down the one way road, the people in front of me are going a wee bit too slow. Once again “Pardon me, Excuse me.” and I end up going down the wrong way again. I’m now laughing out loud at myself because in some regards, this is crazy. But, on a positive note, because I went down the wrong way, I almost literally ran into someone I hadn’t seen in ages and was able to say “Hi” and wish them well. There is always a bright side! I finally grab the few items I went in for and head out. This time I did go out the out. šŸ™‚ I thought I’d pushed my luck far enough and decided not to purposefully go out the in. Hahaha. I’m still giggling at myself. Hope it at least brought a smile to your face.

Anyway, as a follower, believer, testifier, lover of Christ in a world of self seeking, self prophesying, believers of worldly values, I am going against the flow in all I think, say, do and believe.

Jesus was asked, “What is the most important commandment?” If someone asked you,”What is most important to you?” What would your answer be? My kids, family, job, money, house with the white picket fence and 2.5 kids, being a partner at the firm, having the latest and greatest? What is motivating you the most to be the person you are now and who you want to be?

Jesus answered, without hesitation, “you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind,” Matthew 22:37

In our culture, society, world, to love our God with everything we have on the inside and outside, is mind boggling to those to don’t know God or who simply don’t get it.

I’m not one who likes to be in the lime light. I’m a behind the scenes kind of girl. For me, it’s very nerve wracking to stand in from of 100 or more people. I feel exposed. I live in a small community. I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. I’ve lived in a big city for a short time and no thank you. On the flip side of living in a small community, a lot of people know a lot of other people’s business. That’s okay if it’s all the good, positive stuff. Unfortunately, that includes the not so positive stuff too. So, when an individual goes through a difficult time, more people than you want to know, know. Who I am, the choices I make or don’t make, what I say or don’t say, how I say it, good days and bad days are under a microscope. If you publicly live your life as a follower, believer, testifier, lover of Christ, then you are living under a microscope going down the wrong way on a one way. I’m okay with that. If that is what causes me to be in the lime light, then let it shine brightly. I’m not perfect. I have and will continue to make mistakes. YET, at the center of it all, at the heart of who I am and why I do what I do is the heart of Christ. I will not shy away. I will walk with my head held high, confident, in The One who put me here on this earth. If I’m going to boast, I will boast on the Lord who is my Maker, Redeemer, Sustainer, Protector, Healer of all. I’m all in; heart, soul and mind.

The people who raised us (it takes a village), the ones who are important to us, people who are a part of our lives now, influence who we are today. I challenge you to ask yourself “Who am I or who or what is at the center of who I am?”

Because we live in a sinful world, that question is challenged with every choice we make. Yet, if you choose to stay the course and walk with your Lord and love Him with all your heart, soul and mind, you will experience a little bit of Heaven here on earth. As we swim up stream, go against the flow, go the wrong way down the world’s one way, we will be given the strength, light and blessings to encourage us to carry on in His love.

Here’s to going in the out and walking down the wrong way in the world around us in order to shine His light, be His hands and feet and enjoy a little bit of Heaven here on earth.

Thanks for sharing a moment with me. We are in this together in Him.

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