October 22, 2013 2 Comments
That is why I love learning from and sharing experiences with other people. The best, most profound, and precious lessons I have learned aren't from famous teachers or preachers but are from the real people in my life, doing the real things they have been called to do...Like my friend who was brave enough to share her real feelings with me! I am so thankful to have friends who are truthful and transparent. Her honesty was a good reminder that is the type of person I want to be; someone who is open, honest, real and transparent. So, today I'll start with a little honesty. On Wednesday, I posted about how we are re-thinking certain aspects of Halloween and that this year we would only be buying and consuming ethical chocolate. This post was definitely not intended to make anyone feel judged about their Halloween candy choices but rather share information about an issue we care about and to be faithful in an area that we know God is calling us to respond to, but that doesn't mean we always respond with the right heart attitude or even right away. Change can be slow in this household and attitudes can be stinky.
The chocolate issue is actually something that our family has worked on for a while now. I wish I could say that our experience with ethical chocolate has been all smiles, laughter and fair trade chocolate chip cookies, but that wouldn't be honest. A more accurate description would be that it has been full of unintentional and intentional slip ups. I admit that I over the past year I loved seeing a candy jar at doctor offices because it offered a bit of anonymity as no one knew about my commitment to fair trade chocolate so I didn't feel as guilty about having a piece...or 5. In addition, a few tears have been shed, there have been a few arguments and there might have been one incident that involved a 30-year-old woman throwing temper tantrum at Dairy Queen on a family vacation when her husband kindly mention that the Chocolate Extreme Blizzard she just ordered probably had chocolate in it. Let's just say it was not my finest hour.
We are trying and often failing. But we aren't giving up because we know that God is not demanding perfection, rather sincerity of heart, mind, and action. Surprisingly, that has been the hardest part; not how often we fail but how often the state of my heart and the motives behind my actions fall far short of bringing Him glory.
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