Gabriel's Horn, Pastor George Weaver, December, 2011

posted Dec 5, 2011, 4:28 PM by Lois Kerchner   [ updated Dec 5, 2011, 4:29 PM ]
Sincerity 

    I am going to miss Andy Rooney. He died recently at the age of 92, reportedly of complications from minor surgery. He had announced just a month earlier that he was retiring from his weekly appearances on CBS’s “60 Minutes” after delivering his 1,097th and final televised commentary. "Andy always said he wanted to work until the day he died, and he managed to do it, except for his last few weeks which he spent in the hospital," said his "60 Minutes" colleague, correspondent Steve Kroft.
    My impression was that Andy Rooney said what he thought regardless who agreed with him or not. And most of the time I thought he was on target. He came across to me, among other things, as being sincere.
I recently read about a person who was insincere when he bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas.            Actually, it wasn’t quite a real diamond, but it looked like one.
    Then there’s the supposedly true story of a teenager who got a tattoo on her hip – a delicate little Japanese symbol. While at her friend's house she was showing it off when the friend's mother commented on it and the girl begged, "Please don't tell my parents." The woman assured her that she wouldn't say anything about it. Then she asked, "By the way, what does it stand for?" To which the girl replied, "Honesty."   What about that for irony?

You might like this little piece titled
"Sincerity."
Consider it a Christmas present.

"I wish I were big enough to admit honestly all my shortcomings;
brilliant enough to accept praise without it making me arrogant;
tall enough to tower above deceit;
strong enough to welcome criticism;
compassionate enough to understand human frailties;
wise enough to recognize my mistakes;
humble enough to appreciate greatness;
staunch enough to stand by my friends;
human enough to be thoughtful of my neighbor;
and righteous enough to be devoted to the love of God."

    A sincere person has nothing to hide. Being yourself cannot be faked; and if you are the best person you can be, what can you be that is any better? You may not always be strong, or courageous, or charming, or wise. But you can be yourself today, and when you lie down tonight, you can sleep easy knowing it will have been enough!

Have a truly blessed Advent and Christmas Season - Pastor George Weaver

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