I was inspired today by a prayer I saw on a bumper sticker:
“Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.”
I know exactly what that means. (As do all of you other dog owners.)
We have had Stanley, our Lab / English Setter mix, for about 9 years. Virtually every time I come home he goes insane with excitement! Any time I even just look in his direction he wags his tail and hopes for a few minutes of my attention. Stanley thinks I am awesome – 24/7.
I know he thinks much better of me than what is reality; hence the truthiness of that bumper sticker prayer!
Authentic spirituality produces that type of reality – to be the same inside and out. To be real. To not be satisfied with mere image control. To be unpretentious. What you see is what you get.
Christ in us renews and changes us from the inside-out; incrementally bringing us to wholeness that is found in no other way. Not perfection but definitely a closer match between how we are perceived and who we really are.
I hope I can live up to Stanley’s expectations! For real.