Day 34: Stuffed Animals, Reality, and True Love

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The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 2:14

The Velveteen Rabbit was always a favorite read for my daughter. It’s kind of a tear jerker about a stuffed bunny who becomes real because of the love of his boy. It’s a tough journey though, and his life is almost lost when the boy gets scarlet fever and the doctor says to burn all his toys to stop the contagion. Through all the trials the bunny learns that being real means being hurt, and he learns an amazing lesson. “Generally, he says, “by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

You can’t be ugly, except to the people who don’t understand. What a way to say that it’s worth the risk of loving others who might never accept your love for the opportunity to reveal to one of those others the love that surpasses all understanding. Loving others by inviting them to a place where you’re reminded of your salvation can be dangerous to your heart. The natural person, one who has no spiritual understanding, is going to reject you at some point. Rejection can come, but isn’t it worth it when you find just one someone who will join you and give their imitation life to the Father in exchange for His real love? Let those who have spiritual eyes to see, see, and start showing them real beauty today.

Questions to ponder

What is the first book or movie you loved as a child? Why did it leave a lasting memory?

What is it about rejection that makes us fear so much?

If you knew that you had to invite 100 people to get just one person to come to church with you and have their life changed, would you do it? Would it surprise you that the odds are quite a bit lower? 50 people? 25 people? Maybe just 10 people. Try today!

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