Moments with Meryl
I had been waiting since Feb for the showing of the film, "One Fine Day," starring George Clooney. For some reason its release had been delayed, so I was delighted to see the movie was coming to our local cinema. Since Jon and Jo were out on Saturday evening, Jim and I decided to eat out first and then go and see "the film."
I thoroughly enjoyed it–a real romantic comedy, and of course George Clooney stole the show. On the way home, I was thinking, "Isn’t it sad that so many people think that having the ‘perfect’ partner will make everything okay and life will be wonderful?" I admit those type of relationships do FEEL wonderful for a SHORT while, but then, what? Like Scott Peck, the eminent psychologist, says that those feelings only last for about two years-five years, maximum. I remember when I got married thinking that somehow I would now be complete and fulfilled. It didn’t take long to become disillusioned!
Since becoming a Christian and especially since knowing I am Christ in Meryl form, I have now come to see that I am complete and entire, lacking nothing (fulfilled) because I contain Jesus Christ, even though at times I may FEEL incomplete and lacking everything. It is Satan’s lie that I (independent Meryl) need the comfort of someone to make me feel better; I am free to live spontaneously from who I really am (Jesus Christ in Meryl form), and am not dependent on any human relationship. I am learning that real love (God’s agape love) is a selfless concern for the welfare of others. It is not called forth by any quality of lovableness in the person loved, but is the product of a will to love in obedience to God’s command. Isn’t that the highest ideal? And, of course, that can only be lived out by Jesus Christ through my vessel as I make right choices. This is how my needs are met: by meeting the needs of others. Amazing!
These were my thoughts as we traveled home, and I was so grateful that I no longer need to look to my husband to meet my needs. Indeed, I can see that our aim is to see how we can best serve God together, knowing that we are both vessels through whom Jesus Christ is living out His life.
More Articles from The Intercessor, Vol 14 No 1
- What is this Human Self of Ours?
- Editor’s Note
- Moments with Meryl
- A Look at a Book
- Tony’s Testimony
- Zerubbabel Focus: Z Youth!
- British Conference Report
- Musings on the British Conference
- Bible Study: Undiscovered Self
- Body, Soul, and Spirit
- Questions & Answers
- Area Fellowship News: Boone
- The Mailbox
- Tape Talk
- New York Conference Report
- Youth Report: Fall Harvest in New York
- Anatomy of Unbelief
- Need–Evidence of Supply
- Words to Live By…