Good morning, Ladies! I've been waiting for the perfect time to "unveil" MELODY's Senior Board to you. If you'll remember, she had to do an exhibit of the most important influences in her high school life -- and she honored all of us by highlighting the In Real Life blog. I don't know about you, but I had tears in my eyes the first time I saw this. Here's the entire display:
Do you see that book in the center at the bottom of the photo? That's
Melody's novel, "Perfect? Yeah, Right!" which I am currently reading during my half-hour-before-I-go-to-bed reading time. Sometimes I have to force myself to turn out the light, because the story is so real and so compelling. I have to admit that sometimes I go back to the Acknowledgments page and run my fingers across my name there.
You just never know, do you, how you're going to influence someone, the way you all have touched Melody and each other? We've been talking about being aware of God's presence through metaphor, and that is the absolute core of everything. Yet God also wants us to be aware of the great cloud of witnesses, the communion of saints, the body of Christ -- the many, many people God's blessed us with to help us remain aware of his love.
Here's the deal. Jesus is the only true representation we have of what God is like. By accepting that we also agree to try to live Christ-like lives. That means the Christ-followers around us do show us glimpses of God. They are the Other Presence. They aren't God himself, but they are flickers of the divine and we need them.
We need each other.
There in the midst of Melody's many amazing accomplishments and aspirations are the girls of In Real Life. Her cloud of witnesses. Her body of Christ. Her communion of saints. If YOU were going to create a display of your life as a teen girl so far --
* what important accomplishments would you highlight -- important to YOU, even if not necessarily impressive to anyone else?
* what God-given dreams would you reflect?
* what life-changing events would you show? tragedies and crises as well as unforgettable milestones?
* who would be featured there as your Other Presence?
I'd love to have you comment on that over the next several days, of course. But I'd also love for you to entertain the idea of putting together a visual representation of that this summer -- whether it's a display like Melody's, or a scrapbook, or a collage on your computer or a treasure box. You could photograph it and email that to me so I could post it here. You could comment on what you were doing and learning whenever you felt moved all summer long. What do you think? Are you in?
I'm leaving the Castle today to spend a few days in Colorado Springs doing business and seeing friends. But I'll be thinking about you, and perhaps beginning my own album . . . As always, you have inspired me.