This is the first installment of a new feature I’m doing on my blog called Monday Morning Coffee Chat. The plan is for these posts to be a little on the shorter side. I want it to be something you can read while drinking your coffee. There will be updates on my writing as well as general chit-chat. Kind of what you’d expect if you were having coffee with a friend.
So come on in and join me for a cup of coffee and we’ll chat.
Last week I didn’t get a lot of writing done. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been going through an online course called Tribe Writers. I’ve enjoyed the material and getting to know other Tribe Writers, but last week I didn’t have anything new to share with the group. What did I do? I recycled an old post and shared it. As far as my book goes, I’ve not written much on it in the last couple of weeks. I hit the ground hard in November, until the end when I slacked off. So I’m planning to get back to that this week.
My birthday is coming up Friday the 23 and I have to say that 40 wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I kind of dreaded it last year but it wasn’t that bad. The thing that is weird to me though is thinking that now I’m only 9 years from being 50! What? Where does the time go?
Enough about all that.
Now here is where I’ll be sharing some general ramblings each Monday. At the end I’ll be asking for your thoughts. I hope this turns into a place each Monday where we can chill and chat.
As I was thinking of blog post last week, I had an idea for one and I scrapped it. It may have upset some people I’m sure. No, that’s not the reason I trashed it. I don’t mind making people mad when I’m telling the truth. I just couldn’t bring the words like I wanted to. I had a great image for the post. I think the idea needs to be shared, but I just couldn’t formulate the words the way I wanted.
Basically it’s this. A lot of people go to church with a mask on. They never get the help they need because they are too afraid to take off the mask and show who they are. They are worried about being judged, laughed at or unaccepted. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we need to accept sin, but if someone has a sin they need help with to overcome, they should be able to come to the House of God and find that help no matter what it is.
Shame keeps people bound. Pride keeps people bound. When we take off the masks and get real then we can heal. First we have to push through the shame and lay aside our pride. I encourage you that when someone asks how are you? Be honest. Let them know what you need prayer for. Ask them to do the same. When you open up and let the light shine into the darkness, it has to flee.
So find a place where you know you’re safe and open up. Let them pray with you and help you to overcome. Others will follow as they see how God helped you when you took your mask off. They’ll follow suit and before you know it you’re going to have revival.
I don’t know. Those are just my thoughts. What do you think? Why do we wear masks and give generic “I’m okay” answers when people ask us how we are?