Saturday, August 20, 2011

Edit Friends

Facebook has this feature near the log-out button: Edit Friends.

How often do we want to edit our friends?

I'd like you to not laugh like that, you to not laugh at that, and you to laugh.
I'd like you to have more compassion, you to stand up for your beliefs, and you to smile.

It's easy to look at others and find faults we desire to edit away and change.

It's harder to look at ourselves and say, "I don't like this about me.  Let's edit that fault."

Yet that is exactly what God does to each of us.  He edits us, His friends, to make us more like Him.

Some edits are simple like moving a comma or turning a neutral face into a smiling one.  Some much more involved.  Ideas that need to be rethought, lifestyles that need to be revised, and plans that need to be removed.

I like editing papers.  I don't always like having my papers edited.

I like critiquing others' personalities and finding their faults.  I don't like having my own pointed out.

But it's necessary.  My grammar's not perfect and neither is my life.

Sometimes softly and other times more sternly, yet always lovingly, God edits us to be more like Him.

"And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image." 2 Corinthians 3:18b NLT

After all, we were created in His image.

<>< Katie

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