Do you have a favorite letter?
Okay, I know that's a goofy question...who has a favorite letter?
Well, I do.
I love the letter "P."
I didn't set out to find the Perfect letter. It just happened. Some of my favorite words just happened to start with the letter "P."
Party. Pretty. Pleasure. Papaya. Pansies. Prayer.
Perhaps it's due to my being a recovering Perfectionist.
Or the fact that I was once a Prodigal (and sometimes still am).
Or maybe it's because I used to be Negative Nancy and chose to become Positive Polly (which was, incidentally, my grandmother's name).
Or because I try to see Purpose. Possibility. Promise in every situation and circumstance.
And lately, I've noticed that my Perception of things determines my Perspective.
Saying Please and thank you, and being Polite are important to me.
Prizes are nice too.
So is Playing. Remember how to do that?
And in case you were wondering, yes, my favorite color is Purple.
You know what's a really cool "P" word?
Palindrome...do you know what that is?
Mom. Civic. Race car. Kayak. Do geese see God?
Something that reads the same backward or forward.
I want to be a Palindrome.
A Palindrome seems to say, "Don't mess with me."
It's unshakable. Immovable. Purposeful.
When someone looks at my life, at my actions, they only see what I'm presenting in the front, in the moment. But what happens if they look from behind (I'm so glad I can't see back there...)?
Is my history, my Past actions, consistent with my Present?
Am I real? Or do I Pretend to be something up front and another "behind the stage," so to speak?
Is my "yes" a yes and my "no" a no? Or do I flounder and then allow myself to succumb (see May 6 post) to anger, resentment, gossip and slander?
Is my concern genuine, or am I trying to impress someone by showing "how much I care?"
Do I do nice and good things simply to bless another, or am I trying to earn favor?
When you read my life, is it the same backward as it is forward?
I Proclaim to be a believer of God and follower of Christ. Would I still hold on to that belief if I were in danger of losing my life?
These are questions I'd like to say I can answer "correctly," but if I'm honest, there are times when I know I've messed up and acted out of selfishness, pride, arrogance, fear or guilt.
It is during those times that I feel Pitiful. Powerless.
And that's not the image I want to Portray to others, especially as I walk this Christian walk.
God is a Palindrome of forgiveness. No matter how you read Him, His grace is the same backward and forward. His mercy is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Only by the grace and mercy of Abba, my "Daddy God," the ultimate palindrome, can I go from Pitiful to Powerful.
A Palindrome of love.
Blessings Along the Path,
Sharing this post with Laura at Playdates With God, Joan at Sharing His Beauty, Holly at Testimony Tuesday, Kelly at #RaRa Linkup, Holley at Coffee For Your Heart, Beth at Wedded Wednesday, Deb at Blessing Counters, Arabah Joy at Grace & Truth, Barbie at The Weekend Brew, Janis at Sunday Stillness
Monday, May 11, 2015
I Want to Be a Palindrome
I'm a person of creativity. I've always loved to entertain people, and especially, to make them laugh. I don't mind being the guinea pig, the one who is singled out to break the ice. I write what you think but don't want to admit. I'm a word nerd and a grammar geek. I love musical theatre, hiking, and worshipping my Lord, my King-the King of Glory. It's my desire to bring hope and healing to hurting individuals-or perhaps just to provoke thought, to give an encouraging word to get you through the day-through everyday situations and insights into God's Word.