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My Credo

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CredoYesterday in church we were challenged with writing our Credo. First thing that came to mind what the song Creed by Rich Mullins. I remember I had to memorize the Apostles’ Creed in college and most of it stuck with me, but I think because the song really lays it out. Then Pastor Pete shared his Credo. It is much longer than the Apostles’ Creed but also detailed in a way that makes one think about what they truly believe.

I was really distracted in church yesterday with the thought of Easter coming and the significance. Pastor Pete mentioned the weight of carrying one’s cross. We think that by wearing a cross around our neck we are making a statement of carrying the cross of Christ. Then he mentioned the cost and what it meant to the people with Jesus. You could not enter the gates of the city without passing by the “criminals” that had been put on a cross to die outside the city walls. We modern-day Christians have no clue what it means to carry one’s cross. “Take up your cross and follow me”, was Jesus’ words to his followers. They had to essentially die to be with Christ. How many of us are willing to do that today?

Side note: I hate to admit this, but the other day I had my 9-year old with me at Target and I asked her why we celebrate Easter. She told me, with no hesitation, we celebrate the Easter bunny. What a blow!

For me Easter is a time of remembrance and celebration. I hope to instill in my children the true meaning of our holidays and why we celebrate them.

But getting back to my Credo and what I believe. I know this will be a work in progress but I remember in my systematic theology class in college, Professor Truett Bobo challenged me. I went into BethanyBibleCollege with a list of what I believed but not why I believed. I left Bethany with a new understanding of what I believe and why.

Now I have the challenge of putting down my beliefs on paper and re-examining my system of beliefs. I know they have changed since my bible college days. I know I try harder to actually love people as Christ loves them and not just say I do…to embrace a person for who they are and not for their situation.

I challenge you now to do as I am doing. What do you believe? And why? Is it grounded in what you’ve been told? Or is it deeper than that? Do your beliefs actually mean something to you?

Name it. Claim it. Tame it.

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Do you struggle with issues? Or are you perfect? Better question is: who ARE you???? This week Pastor Pete brought the message from Mark 3: 7-12. Here we find Jesus with a large crowd:

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed. When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon. Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him. 10 For he had healed many, so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.11 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” 12 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.”

The part of the story Pete focused on was when Jesus told the impure spirits not to reveal who he was. He did not want to be named the Son of God. There was an ancient tradition that naming something gave it power. Pete used the story of Rumpelstiltskin. We probably all know the story but basically the deal was the Queen must know his name in order to be free of the deal she made. Through devious acts she learns his name and wins. The power of naming him gave her freedom.

The video we watched this week is called, Name, by Rob Bell. It is a series of people taking off their layers to reveal who they are. Rob narrates throughout the film, but the message on the shirts is powerful. We have the façade people see and know and we have the real us. What is at your heart of hearts? Are you able to name the issue(s) that fills your mind and heart?

In recovery groups the members are called to stand and name their problem. “Hello, my name is… and I’m a(n)…” By naming your struggle/issue/problem you have identified it. Now you can claim it as yours. At this point it becomes easier to tame it. Many of us live in denial to the fact of our issue or where it stems from. Pete used an example of eating ice cream…we are happy, let’s eat ice cream…we are sad, let’s eat ice cream…it’s Tuesday, let’s eat ice cream. Here the issue of not dealing with reality but eating away the problem. But the problem doesn’t go away, we just fill the sorrow or joy with something else for the momentary pleasure we derive.

Jacob, of the Old Testament, didn’t even know who he was. He claimed his brother’s name to become his father’s heir. Only the oldest received an inheritance then. He finally finds himself in a battle and must answer the end question…who are you? And you know what? He finally figures out who he is…”I am Jacob,” he replies.

So again, who are you? I am a Christ-follower, wife, mother, daughter, sister, marketer…I am Melanie. I deal with pain, happiness, sorrow, joy, fear and many other emotions just like everyone else. My ability to name my moment and claim my moment allows me to tame my moment and be more like Christ.

No, I am not perfect, but I know the one who is and he calls me to follow him through all my ups and downs and helps me deal with LIFE, as we know it.