Straight talk from Straight kids

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 28, 1999

Monique Michel / L’Observateur / July 28, 1999

It was early one morning and I was aggravated because I had to go to work.

My paw-paw was bringing me that morning. As always, he was talking. Inconversation, he asked me how many real people I knew. By real, he meantpeople that not only claimed to be Christians, but people that lived a life that proved it.

When I answered him, my response surprised me as much as it my paw- paw. Not many names at all came to mind. It was a very rude awakeningfor me to think about how many phony people I know.

Just days before this conversation, I wrote a poem on this very topic. Iknow that it was just totally God because I do not normally write any kind of poetry. I hope that it will inspire you to become the kind of Christianthat we are commanded to be.

“What if…”What if love was more than just a feeling…What if criticism hurt me as much as the person it was directed to…What if I could forgive someone no matter what they had done…What if I gave to others with no ulterior motive…What if making money was not as important as making disciples…What if I controlled pride and jealousy instead of letting it control me…What if witnessing was as normal as breathing…What if worship was the state of my heart…Then I could truly call myself a Christian.

I know that all of my efforts to be this kind of Christian will never be enough. However, I know that if I give my thoughts, actions and words toGod, he will mold me to be this kind of Christian.

If you have any questions or comments, please write to me at or P.O. Box 1493, LaPlace, La. 70069.

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