The Casino Taught Me Something!

I really hate “catch 22’s”. Like: “The only way to get love is to love without expecting anything in return.” Huh? I mean, I know this is true, but it sounds CA-RAZY! In a conversation with a friend the other day, it was said that people often hide their honest and truest selves from people because people have proven time and time again that they will not or can not accept what they see when they are given a peek.

I have run it around in my head over and over since then. I just don’t like it!!

I recently stayed at a fancy hotel in Atlantic City with my husband and kids. I went to the front desk to ask a question, and was waiting for the manager. When you first walk up to the counter, it shines, like everything else in the place. It’s pretty, clean, and exactly what you’d expect from a very famous casino/hotel. But where they asked me to wait for a manager, which was in a corner of the lobby, it looked pretty different. The wallpaper was peeling away from the wall, little bits of plaster and paper littered the floor, and the wall was pretty dirty. Very different from the rest of the hotel. But still…a part of it. Do the guests not SEE this part of the hotel because hotel staff is partially hiding it? Or do they see it but forget about it in light of the “shiny side”? Or do they see it, and complain to the front desk that there is some shab in their midst?

The bottom line is we are all “hotels” and we are all “guests”. We all hide little bits of ourselves, even from those to whom we are closest. And we all behave badly at times when the raw truth about someone is revealed.

And even though all of that is true, why can’t we work at being “real”, even if it’s ugly? And why can’t we ask God to fill us with grace upon grace, so that when UGLY shows up, we can wash it up with love?

I mean, isn’t that what we’re SUPPOSED to do and be as the Church? We must be honest and pray that the Church will extend grace, as Jesus does. AND we must ask for grace and mercy to flow out of us daily, so that we are not damaging the people God loves!!

And as Forrest would say, “And that’s all I have to say about that.”

And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.

1 Thess. 3:12

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