Friday, February 3, 2012

Five Minute Friday - Real

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.
We write because we want to, not because we have to. We write for fun, for joy, for discovery.
We just write without worrying if it’s just write or not.
Won’t you join us?

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on:


The Velveteen Rabbit

When I think of real, I remember the velveteen rabbit who wanted to be real.  I don't really remember the ins and outs of the story, but I know that at the end, the rabbit was real but it was a mess!  It didn't look pretty anymore.  The rabbit had been so loved on that an eye was missing and his fur had been rubbed off in some places.  He looked bedraggled.

I think that is how it is in real life, too.  We start out as cute little babies but in the process of becoming the man or woman that God intends for us to be, we have to have alterations.  Some rough edges need to be smoothed out.  Sharp prickly parts of our personality need to be softened.  Our innate selfishness needs to be coated over with love for others.

I think experiencing God's love and then learning to share that love with others makes us the "real-est" of all!

And when we make it Home, perhaps having used up all our talents and abilities, He will pronounce us Real - Real Good and Faithful Servants!


I'm linking up at the Gypsy Mama's blog.  Click here to read other definitions of "Real".


Rachel said...

What a lovely illustration... I've loved the story of the Velveteen Rabbit since my mom first read it to me as a small child.

Sometimes real isn't very pretty, but its so worth it in the long run!

God bless!

Denise J. Hughes said...

"I think experiencing God's love and then learning to share that love with others makes us the "real-est" of all!"

I love this. It is so true!

And I wrote about the Velveteen Rabbit today too! :)

joan said...

Beautifully written post, Jerri. Thanks for sharing such wonderful words of wisdom.

Melanie said...

Great post! There is so much phoneyness in the world. (did I spell that right?) and I think being real with each other and especially ourselves is so important. I never have read the Velveteen Rabbit. I guess I need to.

Cassi said...

Beautifully put. Love the post