I’ve Got Issues

Tuesday Testimony

You know those commercials where the people are yelling out their home and car windows  “It’s my money and I need it now!”? This may seem so weird, but sometimes when I am driving down the road I just want to yell out “I’ve Got Issues!”  It seems like we’re all expected to put on these faces and act like we’re perfect.  Within certain circles, we’re expected to act a certain way or be a particular person, when we really are not.

It confounds me why some people can’t always be real about things.  Jesus didn’t come so that we would be slaves to having to put on a “face.”  He came so that we could be free from sin and anything that holds us down, and so that we could live our lives to the fullest. None of us are perfect, and I think that we as a community of believers will truly be able to come together in fellowship when we can all reach this understanding. One of the reasons we have so many stories showing the Pharisees as hypocrits, is because we are supposed to realize that they were wrong and thus change our lives accordingly.

I love the story of the sinful woman that annoints Jesus’ feet.  She realizes that she has “issues” and comes to Jesus repentant. But the Pharisee scorns and disdains the woman, and the fact that Jesus has allowed her to touch him.  Let us not have this kind of attitude towards each other, but realize that we are all sinners trying to improve and become more like Jesus.  I leave you with the tale of the sinful woman, and her perfume and tears.

“Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”
“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

“Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii,and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”
“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”  Luke 7:36-50 NIV

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  1. I love this!! I love Tuesdays because your posts are always so wonderful…I think you need to put them all into a book. This spoke right to me because I am so much in touch (lately) with the fact that I AM a sinner … so much so that I have recently, in my mind, added the word “total” to the front of that…so that I am now a TOTAL sinner (I added TOTAL after reading that Mother Teresa referred to herself as a sinner..whew!) … so anyway … I think it is about being real and being ok with not being perfect, ever. Just knowing that we have Gods grace and salvation helps me to start trying my best again tomorrow!
    Your post just warmed my heart and my TOTAL sinner self. Anyway, thank you…blessings everyone!!

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  2. Amen! I feel the same way. I do have issues because I have to put on a face all the time. I give up. I had a major breakdown a couple years ago and now I just don’t care. I know He loves me as I am and of course He wants me to change and improve but He accepts me. I know the rest of the world will never be that way and I kind of just keep to myself right now because I’m not putting on an act any more. Okay so I still have issues but I finally accepted His grace and what He died for. I strive to be the best I can but His grace covers my imperfections. I am fine with me and knowing that He accepts me and anyone else I just don’t care that much what they think. I’d rather be alone because I am not entirely alone and in the end well…

  3. And.. don’t you feel a burden relieved when people are honest with you and you discover they have the same problems you do and are not perfect? Why can’t we just be honest with each other and bear the burdens together? Instead there is just so much judgment

  4. Thanks for your thoughts. We are all meant for such authenticity. Anything else is religious hypocrisy.

    My family thanks you for all the great money saving tips you send our way. Since my wife is so tied down with 3 kids, 4 and under–and I’ve been dealing with unemployment–I help out by keeping up on all the ways we can save. It’s been amazing, as I’ve been subscribed to you and other “Mommy Blogs” (as I like to call them, affectionately), on google reader. We are very well stocked even though the cash is low!

    A title you might enjoy reading is “True Faced” by John Lynch and Bill Thrall. It will be a refreshing read, along the lines of what you wrote.

    Blessings from the Raymond Family!

  5. Laura…I so agree!! it would almost be a relief to hear another mother spill her guts about everything she did WRONG that day… so we could help each other. Walls just come down when people get REAL.
    You are right, there is so much judgement, and I myself am trying to hard not to do that. I have been wondering if these economic times might bring about less judgement, since so many have been humbled. I for one, find it refreshing to share our faults with one another! Hugs to you my friend!!
    ~ and thanks for the tip on the True Faced Jeff…sounds great!

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  6. Just what I needed to see today! As Christians we are just “saved sinners,” and to act like anything else is false. I need to humble myself daily by remembering that there are no big or small sins- my “small” sins sent Jesus to the cross same as a murderer’s.

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