God doesn’t want you to fake it or pretend. He wants you to be authentic.
God complained “this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, (Isaiah 29:13)
In other words, they aren’t real. God wants us to be real.
And he will help you stay real. I believe that when we get serious about being real God allows people and circumstances to keep us that way.
Mother had four successful sons. Lawyers, Doctors, businessmen. One day they were bragging to each other about how they’d taken care of their mother.
The first said, “I had a big house built for Mama.”
The second said, “I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in the house.”
The third said, “I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her.”
The fourth said, “You know how Mamma loved reading the Bible and you know she can’t read anymore because she can’t see very well. I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire bible. It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mamma just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it.”
After the holidays, Mom sent out her Thank You notes. She wrote:
“Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.”
“Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks.”
“Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with Dolby sound; it could hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I’ve lost my hearing and I’m nearly blind. I’ll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.”
“Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you!”
If you are serious about being real I can guarantee you that God will let someone will cook your parrot. When it happens, remember, real people are the most beautiful to God.
That’s the good news, now have a great day.