Don't Fake It

Romans 12:9-10 (The Message Bible)

9Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it.

 I’m having a hard time fighting back my tears these days. On June 18, my Aunt Carrie died. Friends of mine who knew her told me a beacon of light went out that day and the world seems a little darker without her. She was the kind of person who made you feel like the most important person in the room. My daughter said the world needs more Aunt Carries not one less. She scared my husband when he first met her. He told me later that he truly thought that no one could be that happy, that loving, and that energetic and not be faking it. Carol Ann Wilcox Barr loved from the center of who she was. She makes this verse real to me…I hope I can try and do the same someday.

9Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.

Aunt Carrie did have what turned out to be a fatal flaw…she smoked for 45 years. They robbed us all of precious time with her. They robbed her of her energy and vitality. She was so addicted that even when she was told her breathing problems were from smoking, she kept smoking. When my cousin was still a kid and she nearly broke some ribs from coughing, he begged her to stop and she didn’t. Cigarettes are evil, run from them. Stop smoking now and get whatever support you need to help you through what I know to be a very difficult process.

10Be good friends who love deeply….

Penn from Penn and Teller has an interesting video blog about a gift of a Bible. Penn is an atheist with an interesting question: How badly to you have to hate someone not to proselytize them? If you believe you have the answers to life’s questions why not share? I share my Aunt’s story because she was one who loved deeply and was a friend to all; I don’t think she knew any strangers. She would want you to know that smoking was a mistake. One that had consequences she did not want anyone to have to pay. BE a good friend, share the Bible and take those darn cigarettes out of a few mouths…Maybe we can save a few lives and souls!

If the video of Penn doesn't appear above on your screen, click here to see it.

Abba Father, Thank-you for taking Aunt Carrie home with you, for that perfect healing that occurs in your presence. Help each of us who loved her carry on her spirit and try and be a little more like her, loving deeply and not faking it! Father help those who want to stop smoking have the strength to hold on to their resolve. And Abba, give me the courage to share your story, your light and your love with everyone I meet. Amen.

Julie Weldon

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