Sunday, January 12, 2014

“Happiness is when the body, mind, and soul experience a sense of complete wholeness.” ― Ellen J. Barrier

We have bananas growing in our backyard.  They grow kind of upside down as you can see in the picture at the right.  They, as foolish as it may sound, are almost the perfect analogy of an authentic Christian.  They can be bruised on the outside and the bruise shows up on the inside as well.  What makes them the perfect analogy of an authentic Christian is that no matter where you start peeling it, inside it is all banana—whole banana.  Like the quote above, when body, mind, and soul are authentically Christian you are happy.  You are a banana.  When you open almost any kind of package, you can never be absolutely sure that what is inside is exactly what is on the picture on the outside.  Christians can be like that.  People can look like a Christian without being one.  Some think that going to church makes you a Christian, but going to a church no more makes you a Christian than going to McDonalds makes you a hamburger (it is perhaps just possible that if you go to a Krispy Kreme, you may end up a doughnut).  Authentic Christians don’t just look like Christians, in fact, sometimes they look just the opposite, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating.  It is how they live, love, forgive, and devote themselves to others that make them authentic.  A banana, inside its peel, is all banana.  That is all you will ever find inside the peel, even if there are bruises, it is still all banana.  Bananas come in their own packaging that identifies them as just what they are—bananas.  Christians come in all kinds of packaging and can be mistaken for what they are if you just see the outside, but inside, an authentic Christian is just like a banana, all banana inside the peel, nothing but banana.  It’s not the peel that counts, it’s what’s on the inside.  No authentic Christian can keep his or her Christianity concealed because how they live, love, interact with others, forgive, and touch the lives of many make them like a banana—completely whole through and through even with bruises.  If you ask God, He will make you like a banana, but you have to invite Him in.  He doesn’t care about the bruises, internal or external.  He just wants to live in you and you in Him.  Ask and you will receive.  Our Lord said that.  I believe Him.
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