Rule 1: Don’t have anything wrong with you.
Rule 2: If you do, get over it quickly.
Rule 3: If you can’t get over it quickly, then fake it.
Rule 4: If you can’t get over it quickly or fake it, then stay way from me. I don’t want anyone to think I have it too.
I had this saved on file and can't remember where I first read it. It speaks of how uncomfortable Christians sometimes are about accepting the messiness of real transformation. I think that often in our churches we opt for the quick work of behavior modification rather than real inner transformation brought about by the work of the Holy Spirit in a person's life.
Naked Pastor recently had a post about taking the time to allow for transformation that occurs through a deepening grasp of the depths of God's love for us.
"The kind of change that the whole human enterprise seems to admire and encourage is the candy-coated kind. Way more dazzle and impressiveness and instantaneous results."
Today Brother Maynard has a great post about authenticity, transparency, and the importance of supporting one another in the midst of the struggle.
"The “during” is the part where there’s trouble. It’s the part that we don’t want to hear about, and the part where we leave people alone. It’s the part where those who struggle most need help and support and the part where they’re least likely to get it."
It's all about grace - the messy, wonderful, transforming grace of God's love.