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Topic: IT'S CHILD'S PLAY (06/06/19)
- TITLE: BUT - IS IT REAL?
By Ramona Cook
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Like all little girls I loved to “Play” House. Rocks were plentiful in the mountains and they were there in all shapes and sizes. I worked for some time building my house. It’s walls were outlined by stones, and the rooms were divided by stones. All my furniture was rock, and even my baby was a rock. Acorn caps were my dishes. I found grass for the food on my table, there were many hours and days that I was engaged in my make believe home.
Sometime my brothers would play with me in the mountain. They had no interest in playing house, so we played things like “WAR.”
Our word for our imaginations was, “Let’s pla ike.” Each one would be assigned a position and we were always victorious over the imaginary enemy.
I learned early to make imaginary worlds.
All that experience is wonderful for creative thinking, but it is injurious when applied to real life as a coping tool for real problems.
Perhaps the most destructive outcome for my ability to create an imaginary world occurred when I married my long time sweetheart. I failed to comprehend that he was not, in fact, the man of my dream world.
He said he loved me, and I needed that to be true, but his actions did not match the words of his mouth. However, I continued to “see” the man of my dreams as real for too many years.
My heaviest regret is that I allowed my children to witness him physically abusing me and that is a horrible thing for children to witness. It leaves on them emotional scars, especially because we went to Church every Sunday, and Daddy was a Deacon in the Church. It stamps upon their minds, “Fakery, NOT REAL.”
Mommy is not real either, because she acts like she and Daddy are good. It is clearly pretense, to anyone looking on.
We, as human beings need to be able to distinguish between what is real and what is a product of our needs. It is our need for love, or money, or recognition, or other needs, that makes us to fantasize that our situation, or our actions, are reasonable in any given instance.
Jesus has taught us to see the facts as they are, and to become wise and not foolish in our thoughts and deeds.
Jesus used IF/THEN statements to identify truth. “IF you love Me, THEN you will keep My commandments.”
In the case that we did not quite understand, He added, “IF you do not love Me, you will not keep My commandments.” *1
The old proverb that states, “What you DO speaks so loudly that I can’t hear a word you say,” is certainly a tool for determining truth.
In the Gospels of Matthew and Luke there is recorded the report of Jesus speaking to the Pharisees and lawyers rebuking them because they had rejected the counsel of God against them, having refused to be baptized by John.
Jesus asks, “Where unto then shall I liken the men of this generation? To what are they like? They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, calling to one another saying, “We have played the flute for you and you did not dance, we have mourned to you and you have not wept.” *2
In other words, we have gone through the prescribed actions and you did not perform your part of the pla ike.
I shudder to think that I practice my activities as a Christian based on what I already know is the appropriate thing to do for the prescribed time, such as the Worship Service, only to have the play time finished, until the next time.
Our actions and activities, our thoughts and our speech are all evident to God.
The beautiful part of it, God will help us to be real.
*1: John 14: 21, 23, 24
*2: Luke 7: 31, 32
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