Saturday, January 15, 2011

‘I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.’ ~Mahatma Gandhi

kenya 1   SundaysinmyCity     I have been thinking a lot about Jesus this week.shoshmeister 022

My best friend David is Jewish.kenya

We talk about Jesus.

David is a lawyer and he is very smart.kenya 2

I never say the right things when I talk to him about Jesus.sunday citar

I listened to this song about eleventy eleventy times this week.

Wishing you a week filled with joy.

Love, Becky

kenya 3

sunday snapshot

63 comments:

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I've seen that quote several times, and each time it literally makes me ache. Because I can totally understand why one would feel that way. And I am a Christian.
I just wish it didn't have to be that way, and I hope that maybe one day it won't.

Tracy P. said...

Eleventy eleventy-one is not even too many. Don't worry about saying the right thing, Becky. You are living the right thing. Gandhi didn't need to decide what to do with Christians. He needed to decide what to do with Christ. Ultimately, it's what we all need to do. The life of faith is full of questions. I believe God sent Jesus to die for us. What kind of God would send his Son if he had any other option? I'm convinced that Jesus is the only way for sinners to come into the presence of a perfectly holy God. I also believe God works completely uniquely in the life of each person on earth to issue his invitation to do just that. Look for God's invitation in David. He may surprise you.

Terri said...

I think Tracy P said it perfectly! =)

The Absence of Alternatives said...

I *heart* you. xxoo, Lin (a non-believer)

Pumpkin Delight said...

I have not ever seen that quote and I like it. It's those who use religion for evil that gives it a bad name.

I feel that same way talking politics with one of my (republican) good friends. :)

Ashlee said...

Love the pictures this week!

I have several friends who are atheist and I never say the right things to them, either. But I do my best to show them the love of Jesus and pray I am putting myself as a true Christian out there as an example for God :)

Veronica Lee said...

I guess it's the same with every religion. It's the extremists and deviants that give religion a bad name.

Love the photos as always!!

Janine said...

What a sobering quote! My hubby and I are involved in pastoring house churches here in South Africa. About 2 years ago we realized that all of our time in church was loving and ministering to Christians. With a shock we realized that we were not reaching out to the lost and hurting ... the ones who need to see and experience the love of Jesus. Your quote has really made me think about the reflection of Jesus that we are called to be. For a while I forgot how to relate to un-churched people. How sad! Tapping into His love has renewed my passion and love for the lost.

ThePeachy1 said...

I Love the fact that I found you via a comment from a guest poster. Your pictures are AMAZING. your child, so beautiful. Your thoughts, so honest.
All my life I have friends of every faith or lack there of, every race or culture. So my world is a little melting pot where no lines are drawn in the sand or opinions are to be swayed. The joy of having friends like this, that accept me, and my short comings, hidden beauty, ignorance or wisdom is a life I made purposely to raise my children in. I hope the same opportunities for every parent out there.

Mrs4444 said...

It's so simple, isn't it? I wonder why let so much get in the way of surrendering...

Ocean Girl said...

I am not a fan of cats but I am a fan of your photos.

Happy Sunday Kaishon's Mom.

Amy said...

I agree with many of the above commenters. That quote makes me sad when I hear it, but we will probably never have the right words to bring someone to Christ. It has to be God working through us in them. Keep your heart tender and God will do the rest.

Marilyn said...

Sad but true. So sad but true. Becky, I've been thinking about Jesus all week also. As for your friend, God will show you the way.

I wish you could photograph my Nicky Noodle for me. You have the magic touch--or eye.

Tara R. said...

That is one of my favorite Gandhi quotes. He is right... so many people try to live their beliefs and not those taught by Christ.

I also believe that Christians and Jews, worship the same God, how they do it is their right as free thinking beings. I can't believe a loving and just God would punish anyone for that.

BLOGitse said...

Most of the religions give good rules for humans to live but there's been and will be always fundamentalists, evil people.
'Ordinary' people all over the globe want to live peaceful life...
Peace!

In the Heart of Happy said...

I have felt the same way about Christianity...

but I love God.

He rocks, even when it's not what we want. I know He can see me through ANYTHING!!

Lovie you.

Love how Kaish loves his kitty. That is where I see God. In the face of children.

Jodi said...

God can use us sinful people. We don't need to be perfect - just willing to surrender to Him and allow Him to shine through us!

Will be praying for your friend David!

Love Kaishon - he is sooooo handsome!

Annie said...

I love what Jodi and Tracy said and I agree with everyone in that your Kaishon is perfectly beautiful! Thank you so much for your comment on my "Orphan Day Prayer" post. Thank you VERY much for your prayers!!!

lizcooper said...

Oh my goodness, I love your quote! My husband and I talk about this often. It's what really puts him off Christianity. Many of the Christians he has met simply do not live a life that reflects Jesus. He is very intellectual and so it's hard to talk to him about Jesus too. And I never say the right thing. I suppose we have to trust Him to use our words for the good, especially when we're trying the most to glorify Him with them.

Lori said...

(((Becky))) I love your big beautiful heart and love that you think outside the box....this quote really touched me this morning...I have learned that it's not the things I say to others that make the most difference or brings change, it's how I live the things I say or believe that brings these things...I am human so I fail and I sin so I am not a perfect example of what it means to be a believer in Christ...the grace that my life depends on and the love that fills my heart for all people, not just the one's that are easy to love,or believe exactly like I do, must be written all over my life...the cry of my heart each day is to live what I believe so that I may be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus...of course I fail...how I handle my failures is what speaks loudest.

I have no doubt that you are a living breathing vessel of Jesus's love and grace for all people...as always your words and photo's hugged my heart this morning. thank you. XX

Sarah Halstead said...

These photos are gorgeous!

my name is Mel said...

this was so beautiful. thanks for the quote and the reminder. i love your thoughts, your pictures and view on life.

have a great Sunday!

Lisa said...

Wow! You carry a powerful punch! There is so much to be said in that quote. . .something I will think about all day. I know so many people who claim to be christens and they are so mean. I live in the Bible belt where too many people think all they have to do is say they "are saved" walking the walk never occurs to them. It's so sad.

I think you have many people thinking today about their behavior. My what a thing you have done. :) Sometimes it's not what you say ~ It's what you do That matters the most.

xoxo, Lisa

really.truly said...

I NEVER say the right thing either(about Christ)! Ugh.

And that quote....sad, but true.

xxoo!

Little Mochi said...

I never heard that quote, thanks for sharing. Happy Sunday ;)

Jim said...

Love the quote. Amazing how detached we become from the very basic quality of compassion for our fellow man.
You may feel you don't know Jesus as best you should........this post has a quietness and peacefulness of which you ought to give yourself a big hug, Becky!

Martha said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and for the sweet comments. I love all of your photos.

Susan said...

Oh my...

I remember watching the movie Gandhi and heard that quote for the first time.

It hit hard...

There is so much truth to that statement. I felt so ashamed.

If people don't see Jesus in me, then I have failed miserably.

Thanks for sharing this.

Awesome pictures too.

Have a BLESSED day my sweet friend♥

PS I ♥ that song too!

Kristina P. said...

It's hard to know what to say anymore, and it's frustrating.

Bec said...

A friend and I were talking a a Jewish lawyer named David this week, too. Weird. Jesus is a good guy to be thinking of :)

Unknown Mami said...

I have a feeling you express yourself better than you think. Usually, if your friends are smart it means you are smart too. Like attracts like. I don't see to many smart people hanging out with dummies.

Charlotte | Life's a Charm! said...

Great Sunday reflection.
I've always believe that religion is personal because God touches us in different ways on a personal level. No need to compare gods and religion. There is only one God but too many religion. Even the Christian religion is different for each person. But then, most of the time, that quote is right - most Christians, myself included, are so unlike Christ.

Adoption of Jane said...

Christmas is such a catch 22... its a battle of what we fun traditions we grew up & want our kids to grow up and remembering what the true meaning of Christmas is.

Brooke said...

you pretty much summed up our sermon today.

and its okay that you don't know the right things to say to your friend. we're here to love - God can speak for himself. i have no doubt you do a great job loving.

Colleen said...

That quote always really causes me to pause for a minute. It reminds me of the other saying that goes something to the effect of the greatest cause of atheism in the world today is Christians. Frightening stuff.

I had a friend once who said though that to judge Jesus by his followers is as senseless as judging a great artist like Michelangelo because some of the people who study his art can't apply it as well as he did.

I think you are a lovely and loving example.

Hugs.

Beverly said...

Hi, Becky,
I have followed your blog ever since you interviewed "photowannabe," but I've never left a comment.

The title of your post today is so thought-provoking, and I agree with so many of your commenters.

My husband was an "ordained" electrician. He worked in the homes of many people, and often they were senior citizens who had no one to talk to. He often did their work and then stayed and listened. At his memorial service, so many of those folks were there that he ahd "ministered" to.

St. Francis of Assissi said, "Preach the gospel always. If necessary, use words."

Baloney said...

I used to be more intimidated by non-believers. It is hard to know how to approach them, isn't it?
We are called to a higher authority. We are Christians, not Jesus himself. Too often we mess up in front of the wrong audience. I'm thankful for the grace Jesus provides for me. If only we extended that grace to one another.
Sorry. I'm rambling. :)

Formerly known as Frau said...

Happy Sunday Becky! I never say the right thing when it comes to anything about religion so I say very little. Hope your day is wonderful.

Farmgirl Paints said...

I never know the right thing to say to non-believers. I want them to believe with all that's in me, but God has to do that not me. I guess just direct them to Him with your life. Your pics are sweet. Love your kitty:) Been thinking about things to ask you.

May said...

And they'll know we are christians by our love, by our love...
Yes they'll know we are christians by our love!!!

Maggie May said...

At least you mention Jesus. It is not always easy but if the subject is raised then its OK.
Its the fundamentalists that spoil everything (in all religions.) When they jump out at you and start to argue if they think you are not like them.

Love your cat pictures and the children pictures. In fact all your pictures. You are one talented lady!
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Joanna Jenkins said...

Happy weekend, jj

Brooke said...

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I loved reading your SS post. Yikes though... we really have a standard to live up to, don't we? And I can feel your frustration. One of my best friends is also Jewish, and I feel I just never say the right things. I wanted to listen to the song you posted for some inspiration, but it wouldn't load up on my browser. Can you tell me what it was? Wishing you a FaBuLoUs week! With Love... :)

qandlequeen said...

If people spent less time worried about the rules of the Bible and more about offering forgiveness and charity to their fellow man it would be a much more peaceful world.

Stefanie said...

Like you, I always worry about saying the wrong thing... but God promises that His word will never return void.. it will accomplish His purposes!
Just share your heart, that's WAY better than anything you could think up :)
And as always, beautiful images!
Happy Sunday!

Puna said...

First of all, I just love looking at pictures of your boy. And secondly, what an intriguing title and subject. I would counter what Ghandi said with this, all people of all faiths, no matter who they follow are just that HUMAN. And as such, we will never be Jesus. And imperfection is not limited to just Christians but rather to Jews and to Hindus as well. You can say it's what binds all of us in imperfect but always searching humanity. It will bring us closer to Jesus, which I believe is the point. He doesn't ask us to BE Him, He asks us to follow Him. I hope this doesn't sound preachy because I ain't no preacher for sure!

SarahinSC said...

That song chokes me up EVERY time! Great post Becky!

Carmen said...

awww this images are so beautiful! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment!

Busy Bee Suz said...

That quote is awesome and beautiful.
That cat is magical.
Those boys are amazing.
Love this song.
Love you.
xoxoxox

Carmen said...

oh and the cat is adorable!! ;-)

Fresh Mommy said...

Wow, amazing quote. It's so simple and yet so deep... and makes me really think about what kind of Christian I am for others to see. Thank you for the great reminder! :)

~Tabitha

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

I too have been thinking about Jesus. I know He wants us to go out and share his Gospel. He wants us to tell others about him.

I think that he must not expect all of us to do that the same way. Some people are naturally comfortable and gifted with the art of conversation. They have no trouble sharing the Good News. I am not one of those people. I get tongue-tied and nervous and I end up sweating bullets.

Then again, I think, he would not give a job to someone who couldn't handle it. THat saying, "he doesn't call the equipped, he equips the called."

I think the thing that is holding me back from being better about sharing Jesus - who he REALLY is, not just the urban myth of what the media and secular society has crafted him to be - is fear. That fear comes straight from the devil, which makes me sad to think that Satan is in my drivers seat. I need to change that.

Molly said...

One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE Tunes and I also love that Gandhi quote.

The message at my church yesterday was about this very thing. We will tell people about the latest diet, book, movie or place we at, but we will NOT talk about the one who saves us.

OUCH.

But, it is hard, but Jesus said never said following him and being obedient would be easy...so...

NOW, I have to do something about it. Rats ;)

mamamia said...

Tracy P. knows what she is talking about.

Maddy said...

Love that Gandhi quote! So, so true. Wish we would all (Christians, Jewish, Muslims, Scientologists, etc...) take a closer look at ourselves to see if we are really practicing what we preach.

septembermom said...

The love and mercy of Jesus is evident in those who try to be his followers in the true spirit of Christianity. You gave me much to think about when it comes to sharing my belief in Jesus with others. Thank you.

Chris said...

Beautiful photos!

What a thought-inspiring quote....really makes a person think.

Praying that your words to your friend will impact him in some way...

Just never know how God will use your words....to His glory.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

I have stumbled with words and questioned my response to people at times... I should've said this or that, or why didn't I think of this point or remember that verse? When it comes down to it, all I can tell someone (especially someone who seeks to argue but is not seeking the truth) is to tell them what Jesus Christ has done for me. That is what giving your testimony is... telling others about what God has done for you. That is truth and how can anyone argue with that? Love you!

Karen said...

Sounds like your heart is right for wanting your friend to know Jesus as his Savior. God is and will use you to plant those seeds.
Is that last shot your son? Oh, little angel!
blessings on your day, k

Kelly said...

My father is Catholic and likes talking to me about Christ and Christianity and Protestantism and the like. At first, I felt trapped in these conversations because he is better versed than I am.

Then I stopped trying to win the debate or change anyone's mind and just shared what was in my heart. I felt less confused and stronger in my faith that way.

jennykate77 said...

My lesson for my kiddos last Sunday was about being CHRIST like...doing things that let others know that we belong to Him.

comfortablydomestic.com said...

A very thought provoking quote indeed. Our pastor always says to act as Jesus would because you never know how simple acts or listening will impact others lives--like a ripple effect. Deep down, people just want to be loved and feel heard.

Kirsten

a Tonggu Momma said...

I never seem to say the right thing when I talk about Jesus, too. I mean, I have enough trouble living it. Loved this post.