Pick me, the one that is kind of about elections but not

shrek & donkeyDo you remember the scene from Shrek where everyone’s favourite ogre needs someone to take him to Lord Farquaad ‘Pick me, pick me’ shouts Donkey. ‘Anyone?’ says Shrek. Donkey is desperate to be chosen and Shrek is desperate to pick anyone else but this annoying animal.

Today is election day here in the UK and people want us to pick them. I’ve put some thought into how I’m going to vote, in the local borough elections I’m voting for a person and in the European elections I’m voting for a party. I’m not voting for people or parties because I like them, I’m voting because I believe/hope/have no better option (delete as appropriate) that they can make a difference.

I’m new to blogging, and have been surprised how many people (according to the stats counter anyway, but who believes them?) have read what I’ve been writing. I realized a few days ago I didn’t have a prominent follow button and so added one and I have been reflecting on this in the past day. Do I want you to follow me because it makes me feel good or do I want you to follow me because think I have something worth saying? I’ve come to the conclusion it’s the second, this blog is about me being honest about my faith and my faith is about Jesus and not myself. I hope you like me and that you even enjoy what I write, but my greatest hope is that you would see clearly the difference that Jesus is making in my life.

We all want to be liked and popular but when we are desperate to be picked and liked by everyone it is easy to lose sight of who we are. My self worth isn’t determined by the amount of followers my blog has or how many friends I have. My self worth is defined by me being comfortable being me. One of the central beliefs of Christianity is that we are loved by God and that there is nothing we can do to make him love us more and this gives me added security in choosing to be the person God made me to be.

Who will you be today?

 

 

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About honestaboutmyfaith

Hi, my name is Graeme and I’m married to a very patient wife. We have 4 children, 2 rabbits, a terrapin (and not a lot of peace and quiet!). I’m a Baptist Minister who is especially interested in making Church accessible to people who have no church background and also in how we disciple people in order to equip them to live out their faith in the 21st Century. I am also a member of the Eastern Baptist Association's Council with responsibility for Mission Strategy.
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