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The adjectives that often describe much of our adult “world” and our social interaction in that “world” are words like “guarded”, “reserved”, “politely distant”, “measured” . . . well, you get the idea. For sure, some of us are just not that quick with words . . . or tend to be more introverted . . . yet God does not limit His “greatest” commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) nor His “greatest” commission (Matthew 28:19-20) to those with “Type A” personalities or those with hyper-social skills. His invitation to all is to is to get outside or own skin, our own agenda and selflessly follow a Savior who just that for all of us first . . .
“Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves Me must follow Me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” – John 12:25-26
The motivation for most people behind the bent to “hold one’s cards close to their chest” is often rooted more deeply in fearful political self-preservation than personality type or communication capacity. Hence, the inspiration behind Allen Funt’s 1940’s television show “Candid Camera” where the sole purpose was to “catch, record and replay” everyday people caught “off-guard” in slightly absurd, if not totally bizarre circumstances.
This is David “JB” Miller reminding you that the a different set of cameras are rolling today . . . these are heaven’s cameras and they are positioned in such a way so that everyday people like you and I would not be put to shame or embarrassed .
. . but so that when “that one day”, “that one hour” . . . when “that one moment” occurs . . . where we are ‘caught” by heaven’s mercy and recorded in the Lamb’s Book of Life . . . a replay can be shown forever to a cloud of cheering witnesses . . . a replay testifying to the unspeakable joy on our face when heaven’s grace transforms us from our mission to His . . . at the foot of . . .
. . . the Candid Cross.