Be Real


            “Humility makes us real.”

            ~Thomas Merton

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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14 Responses to Be Real

  1. Would we sacrifice our job as they did in the first century? Would we sacrifice our home as they did in the first century? Would we sacrifice our health as they did in the first century? I constantly think about this. How broken am I willing to be?

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  2. I’m back. I just read another blog based on Psalm 101:1-2 which began with his praise and singing and ended with “When will you come to me?”. And it made me think of this blog. I think David struggled his whole life to live that blameless life. From what I am able to read of his life, he was a bad father. He refused to comfort Tamar, he refused to punish her rapist, he refused to speak to the avenger of Tamar for years and even exiled him. It seemed hard for him to deal with people close to him, though he did better with people more distant. On top of his confusion of his children, he had people constantly trying to kill him (the avg. life of kings then). But he plugged on. How many people struggle with alcoholism their whole life, or drugs or whatever haunts them their whole life? They make themselves go to worship and smile and sing while, with David, they say, “When will you come to me?”. Then there are those who struggle their whole life with faith. They make themselves go to worship and smile and sing, while, with David, they say, “When will you come to me?” Those who struggle more than others may be in the Bible more than others and we think they are so holy, but they continue to struggle alone and say, “When will you come to me?”. This, I think, is the humble and broken spirit.

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  3. Absolutely. It is so easy to give ‘some’ of what we have. In the long run, we feel so good about ourselves insomuch as if we actually did something worthwhile. True giving costs much and comes from deep within our our core. More often than not, we are simply not up to the task for obviously, we don’t feel our Lord is worth it.


  4. Lady G says:

    Hi Mitch!
    I love Thomas Merton. I happen to be Catholic and I also enjoy Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr.
    Contemplation and silence help us to know ourselves in God.
    Great Post 🙂

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  5. Ron Whited says:

    Great reminder Mitch that any of us can worship when everything is going well, but let the storms of life knock us around a while and our worship quickly turns into sacrifice. If any man ever leaned that the hard way it was David. Such a lesson for all of us!

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  6. Those verses touch my heart. Thank you, Mitch!

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  7. Nancy Ruegg says:

    “Many a humble soul will be amazed to find that the seed it sowed in weakness, in the dust of daily life, has blossomed into immortal flowers under the eye of the Lord” (Harriet Beecher Stowe). Praise God he USES the broken spirit and contrite heart to accomplish kingdom business!

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