When major league baseball player Manny Ramirez was with the Boston Red Sox and used to "act up" and perform his strange and eccentric antics, his team mates coined the phrase, "That's just Manny being Manny". It's followed him to the Dodgers and will probably be used to describe him for the rest of his life.
There was never really anything really wrong with "Manny being Manny". He just looked and acted a little strange at times. Then Manny got caught by a drug test for using performance enhancing drugs and was suspended for 50 games last season.
If that now starts to define Manny as being Manny from now on, it's no longer cute or funny. It becomes sad and disappointing.
Such is life. "Manny" is no different than us.
We are just us trying to be us on a daily basis, from the rich and famous and powerful, to the rank and file of people who have to punch in to be noticed every day.
People being people.
Paul says in 1 Cor.4:12 - "And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it".
In other words, we act upon or respond to our world in certain ways.
What he is describing is how a disciple of Jesus Christ gets through the day.
We "despised fools for Christ" are just "disciples being disciples".
We choose to be that just as everyone else including Manny choose to be who they are.
Your mission today, should YOU decide to accept it, is to be you being Christ.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><