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6/28/2019 12:15:00 PM
What's At Your Core?

Marty Reep, Author
Speaker, Forward-Thinker

What’s at your core?  When all the niceties and formalities of life were stripped away from you at various times in your life, what did you see in yourself?  Were you a nice person?  Kind?  Bitter?  Seething with resentment?  Or, gleeful and carefree? 

I’ve seen it happen, time and time again, to different people.  For the most part, they behaved in the “normal” range of sociology and psychology while everything was going fine or everything was going their way.  But, when the music stopped and they were left without a chair, they lost it – completely fell apart.  Their true personalities came out.  I’m not talking about a singular event when they were frustrated and reacted poorly.  I’m talking about the base level core of who they were. 

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Likewise, I’ve seen just as many other people who were stripped of everything and they smiled.  They were peaceful, kindhearted, and gentle human beings.  Why?  Because, at their base level core of human-ness, that’s who they were.  No one, nor anything, was standing between who they were and what the world saw.  There was no reason to pretend anything.  Who they truly were shined through, just like it did for the other type of people. 

If you’ve ever really looked into someone’s eyes (your own or another’s), then you know what I’m talking about.  Momma worked for many years as a nurse, responsible for a floor full of patients.  Some patients were there for a day or two.  Some were there for months.  She used to say that you could see a person’s true inner self show through after about a week or so.  Sometimes, it was beautiful; sometimes, it wasn’t. 

Hearing her describe the process of the inevitable exposure of the human psyche was fascinating.  She said that changes would occur each day in a patient that revealed a little more of the real person who was buried deep within the outer shell of human flesh. 

In light of knowing about the eventual and unavoidable exposure of personality, I always prayed that my core human-ness would show up as kind.  I knew how much I didn’t like the bitterness that some people seemed to easily exude, and I didn’t want to ever be like that! 

Only God can change a person’s true nature – and many of us are living proof, today, of that possibility.  But, we have to let Him do it.  We can fight against Him, or we can bend with His desired changes.  Either way, certain end results will occur, accordingly.

It’s sort of like tree branches in a storm.  The limbs that bend with the wind and allow it to blow where it wants – they survive.  The limbs that won’t bend in powerful winds get broken.

So, what’s at your core?  Go look in the mirror, into your own eyes, for a while.  Hopefully, you’ll be happy with what you see there.  If not, I hope that you’ll allow powerful winds to bend you in the right directions.  

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