While being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Iyanla Vanzant said something that struck me. Dr. Vanzant said, “People are addicted to their stories.” I had to let that soak in, perhaps you do too. I began wondering what scripture said about our stories and I found that one of the Psalmists wrote, “Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story...” Psalm 107:2a (NIV).
What type of person would God desire to be allied with? Perhaps a better question is do you believe God would want to be allied with you? Many of us in faith communities would probably have to sit back and evaluate this question. Are we good enough? Do we have enough faith? Do we sufficiently love God and neighbor? Do we embody and reflect God’s image? Who would pass the litmus test to be an ally?
I went to lunch with a friend of mine the other day and as we sat down, the food server asked what we wanted to drink. My friend always orders water and I typically vacillate between soda and water. My drink decision usually depends on what I perceive as “will power.” Being cognizant of my weight has always been an issue for me. If I feel “fat” that day, I order water. If I feel good about myself, I order soda, but not any soda will do. I am a Coca Cola drinker and if only Pepsi is served, I ask for Dr. Pepper. I can easily tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi as well as the difference between diet soda and regular soda.
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