Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Introducing . . .
Today’s post will be short and sweet:
In an effort to find my true blogging identity and to also have a catchy title worth remembering, I came up with I’m a Selfish Prick, knowing full well that I’m not a prick at all but rather just a little faulted. I’m actually a pretty nice guy that let my own selfish desires drive my attitude for way way way too long. And in the process, I became an unfavorable person. But, things are ah chingin’ and God is teaching me to be more outward focused. And for that, I am extremely thankful.
With my honest and somewhat shocking blog title, I received some negative/positive feedback. Negative feedback toward the title and how hard I’m being on myself and positive feedback with regard to where I’m at in my walk and my honesty and recognition of my numero uno, top of the list fault.
The feedback that I received was overwhelmingly along the lines of:
“You are NOT a selfish prick”
“God has forgiven you so you should too”
“You may have been a selfish prick...but you're not any longer”
And my personal favorite is: “Would Jesus introduce you to His friends that way?”
I am so thankful for Christian friends and my extended Christian network . . . we are all Children of God and it is so awesome to see a community of believers support one another through Twitter, Facebook, and Blogging. Who would have ever known?
So, I have decided, with just a few posts under my belt, to rename my blog to something more, well, I guess you can say, confusing. I have owned the domain thumbsmudge.com for years, knowing that one day I would use it for a creative purpose. I’m not fully sure what it means but . . . I figured in any creative venture, you would end up with a thumb smudge on something, somewhere, at some point. I know that I have put a thumb smudge on a few things over the years.
The way I see it is; a thumb smudge is, after all, a fingerprint, it’s a recognition (sign) of me. It shows that I was there, that I made a mark; it is my thumb that made the smudge, for that I will be proud.
Beyond that and even more encompassing, I am part of God’s work; I am His fingerprint, an imperfect fingerprint! I am His thumb smudge.
So . . . without further ado, I am going to rename my blog, for the third and hopefully last time to . . . . drum roll . . . . just kidding . . . Thumbsmudge!!!! Yes, all one word . . . why not, right?
Never has there been and never again
Will there be another you
Fashioned by God's hand and perfectly planned
To be just who you are
And what He's been creating
Since the first beat of your heart
Is a living, breathing
Priceless work of art
And I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it's true
You're a masterpiece that all creation
And you're covered with
The fingerprints of God
~ Steven Curtis Chapman
If God forgives us we must forgive ourselves otherwise it’s like setting up
ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him ~ C. S. Lewis
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Psalm 139: 13-16