I’ll Tell the Tale (part 3)

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I’ll tell the tale of who I am in Christ, Lord willin’ and the creeks don’t rise…


So, have you seen this story where a rather robust fella in a Batman suit wrangles a bad guy and drops him off at the corner cop shop in Northern England? It’s funny and a tad disturbing, but inspiring nonetheless. In case you are wondering, I like it. A. Lot.


Then there’s the guy in America who sold his cleaning business and walked away with a rather large wad o’ greenbacks in his wallet. He hired some fancy-pants Batman suit-maker dude to sew him a Hollywood-worthy costume. Now he spends nearly an hour cramming his self into it before he scooches into his rigged out Bat-mobile. He then cruises the streets, and apparently sometimes gets pulled over by the cops, who then get out of their cop-mobile to take his picture. Yessirree, there’s more than one reason why I don’t live in a big city. Anyway, this guy says he used to be “obnoxious” but now his newfangled superhero costume makes him all better.


Yes, yes, he visits hospitals and entertains sick kiddos and offers funny-bone relief for parents who are wound tight with the stress of having a sick/injured child. And he also gives away money, and lots of it, I’m not knocking any o’ that.


But what whaps me upside the countrified head about these two fellers in their superhero suites is that one does it incognito, barely stuffing the junk of his trunk into his $25 tights, whilst the other does it in a complete cannonball-esque Here I am, world! sorta way. Whatever floats yer boat and however ya wanna toot yer horn, right?


Yes, both men are doing good.


One man does what he can with what he has… because who really knows why.


One man does whiz-bang-fancy things with that which will most make him like a big screen superhero… because as one interview I watched, he says he doesn’t wannabe obnoxious anymore.


My baling twine, wrap it up, take-away insight is this:


Whether you write a blog, pen a book, post images, sing in the church choir, don a suit and flit around town, the motives behind your mask will eventually be known. Is it for you? For others? For God’s glory?


– – – – * – – – –

Buckaroos, as you cruise the grocery store aisles, talk to your children, haul out the trash, pick up dirty socks, bandage skinned knees, shovel manure, or any other of the countless things ya do in your daily lives  —

no matter what sorta cover you put on your book, no matter what pretty bow you put on your package, no matter what sorta Spanx you cram your belly and behind into, no matter what sorta polish you put on your nails

— who you really are beneath it all, it will be revealed one fine and glorious day. And that revelation will count for eternity.

.– – – – * – – – –


Does a fancy suit make a person less of a jerk? Maybe. I don’t rightly know. It would be grand if it were true.


Is the man from England a better man in a superhero suit than the one from America? Maybe. I don’t rightly know; but, I do know that I feel more akin to the pudgy feller because he’s not pretending so hard to show us who he ain’t.


I reckon the only way to be truly new is to recognize who you are in Christ.


darstory2 Corinthians 5:12-21:


For we do not commend ourselves again to you, but give you opportunity to boast on our behalf, that you may have an answer for those who boast in appearance and not in heart. For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; or if we are of sound mind, it is for you. For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.


Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.


Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


What bothers me is that the American man

thinks the fancy-pants suit makes him better.

Look into thine heart, sir Batman.

If ya didn’t have the car or the costume,

what tale would be told of you?




5 thoughts on “I’ll Tell the Tale (part 3)”

  1. I hear ya! These same thoughts capture my attention. It’s why I wrestle with self-promotion and having a platform. Isn’t the only platform worth standing on the one that points other to Christ – the motive to make much of God and little of me? Everyone has to flesh this out in obedience to what the Lord is telling them, but it’s why I can’t put a watermark on my photos.

    • Self-promotion. Yikers. Ya know, that’s why I write incognito. And I go back and forth with the watermark – mainly I use one nowadays because I don’t want an image I’ve posted to be distorted or altered for bad.

      It’s interesting how in the last year, lots of folks have changed their site titles to their name (and here I am thinkin’ on getting mine off of there).


      • That’s why I think that each of us will be led to do different things. Someone gifted me my domain name: pollywogcreek.com and I’m very happy about that. The only thing that has my full name on it is my email and copyright….but there’s nothing on my blog to prevent people from copying any of the content. If they steal it, it’s between them and God.

  2. lschontos says:

    I wonder why we struggle with this so much. It is hard to become small in the eyes of the people we long to please, but it is God’s way. It’s something I’m wrestling around with constantly. I feel the Father breaking this longing for approval in my heart and hear His gentle call to let Him be enough.
    This is a good one friend.

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