Hiking The Canyon

Grand Canyon, from South Rim near Visitor Center

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Today, Ann Voskamp  has us posting about being Christ-centric in her Walk With Him Wednesdays.


How do OTHERS see Jesus in me? DO they see Jesus in me?

My hope is that they do but…

I’m not perfect. I don’t always have the words to say. I lose my temper. I want my own way. I wish things were different. I complain. Not very Jesus-like, huh?

Words like FAILURE, MISTAKE, and UNWORTHY come to mind. I wear them around my neck, like ID tags. Don’t you recognize me? I’m the one that is unworthy to bear the name of Christ. The woman that stumbles under the weight of her own perceptions.

How many times have I used the excuse that I am having a “bad day” to gripe at my husband, snip at my kids, or yell at the dog? I begrudgingly vacuum the rugs, clean the toilets, wash the clothes and fix the evening meal. I clean messes that I didn’t make, say things I didn’t mean, and make it my mission, on certain days, to not be joyful.  Thoughts run through my mind like a broken tape recorder.  On some days I feel the bitterness creep in… don’t I deserve more than this?

The fissure in a soul can break wide open and leave a canyon between what is known and what is done.

Be more like Christ…   “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 NAS

Just as Christ has forgiven me. The words echo deep in the canyon… bouncing off the walls of my heart. Forgive them.

Be more like Christ…  “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”  Philippians 4:8  NAS

Dwell on these things. Even the deepness of a canyon can be beautiful, when the sun shines on rough rock. It is difficult to complain if I am concentrating on lovely things. I can make that choice.

Be more like Christ…  “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. Psalm 145:8  ESV

Showing grace and mercy, the anger drains from me. Let it go!  Anger and bitterness kill the spirit of the one that holds on to them, and I can die from thirst if I can’t find my way off the canyon floor, to the life giving water.

Being more Christ like is not easy…but, Jesus Himself said it would be worth it. So, I continue hiking out of the canyon.