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The Real Me

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Today’s scripture: Luke 5:17-26 (ESV-text and audio) (NRSV) (The Message)

As you read, consider: What might God be saying to me? Summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two.

My thoughts (Julie Benson):

My scriptural pause in this passage occurs in verse 22: “Jesus knew what they were thinking…” Could Jesus hear peoples’ thoughts throughout His earthly existence? How often would He listen?

I briefly conjure up the comical scene from the movie Bruce Almighty when the lead character portrayed by Jim Carrey, having received the power of God, is suddenly inflicted with a deafening roar of prayers in his ears. What if we were to receive that magical power that allows us into another person’s mind?

I have long entertained the idea that someone, someday, will invent a great technological gizmo that would attach to my brain to provide a printout of every single thought. How amusing it would be to see the zigzag of randomness that runs through my mind in one day!

But how risky it would be if it were to fall into the hands of someone else! My self-defeating thoughts, critical judgments, fears, jealousy, greed, lust, and devilish schemes and fantasies would expose the naked truth of my soul like a willing contestant on the game show Moment of Truth. I would be vulnerable as I present the world with my intimate secrets and imperfections that I am working desperately to fix.

And yet, Jesus hears all of these things. There is not one fleeting thought in my mind that Jesus does not know about. He sees The Real Me. The mess. The chaos. Vulnerable, ugly, and exposed.

It is easy to think that my thoughts are hidden from everyone, including the Almighty. But there is no need to hold onto the shame and guilt that stems from that deep, dark cavern. Instead I should dialogue directly with the One who already knows my thoughts — the real me — and loves me anyway.

Thought for the day: What things do I think I’m hiding from God? What would happen if I realize that they’re already known?

We encourage you to include a time of prayer with this reading. If you need a place to get started, consider the guidelines on the How to Pray page.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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