I was flipping through radio stations as I was driving on Saturday. I skipped over quite a few after listening to a few seconds of each. After I flipped past the last one, I immediately flipped back. I had heard just a snippet of something and was sure I had misunderstood what the dj was saying. As I listened to the dj talking, I couldn't believe my ears! He was talking about a website that people could go to and post their secrets anonymously. Here is what I found when I looked it up (this is from Wikipedia):

    The simple concept of the project was that completely anonymous people decorate a postcard and portray a secret that they had never previously revealed. No restrictions are made on the content of the secret; only that it must be completely truthful and must never have been spoken before. Entries range from admissions of sexual misconduct and criminal activity to confessions of secret desires, embarrassing habits, hopes and dreams.[1] The secrets are meant to be empowering both to the author and to those who read it. Frank Warren claims that the postcards are inspirational to those who read them, have healing powers for those who write them, give hope to people who identify with a stranger's secret, and create an anonymous community of acceptance.[2 

In October 2007, the PostSecret Community was launched (www.postsecretcommunity.com). Since its inception, more than 80,000 users have registered for the online discussion forum. Questions have been raised about how the forum affects the anonymity of the PostSecret project, but for those involved on the Community board, there seems to be a positive response of people who haven't sent in a postcard or haven't seen their secret on the site sharing their secrets with other PostSecret fans.
According to Youth Trends' February 2008 "Top Ten List Report" PostSecret was the 10th most popular site amongst female students in the USA, with 7% of those polled naming the site as their favorite.[4]

The dj went on to say that this may be a good place to go if you need to "get something off your chest" before the holidays. I was shocked (I know I probably shouldn't be). It made me so sad to think that there are people out there who don't have someone in their life that they can share with and know, that no matter what, that friend/family will love them unconditionally! We are created for RELATIONSHIP!! Not anonymity!! And even more than that: What does that say about the CHURCH?! We are supposed to show LOVE to others, but so many people from outside the church don't want anything to do with believers, because they see us as judgemental and critical. I know that believers cannot excuse sin, but I believe if we loved each other & non-believers with the kind of love that Jesus showed, we wouldn't need "Post Secret" websites. We are supposed to share/ confess our sins to God and each other!  

1 John 1:9 says, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness."
James 5:16 says, "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."

We were created to talk to God and each other. I wonder if our lives have become so busy that we don't take the time to develop authentic relationships...do we really know each other or even want to know each other?! Or are we so scared to share our "secrets" and lives with each other that we have become a society that needs to be anonymous? I hope you will take an opportunity and reach out to others...don't just have conversations where you talk about "the weather"! Listen for God's prompting to speak to others and really HEAR them...sometimes what they don't say is more important than what they do! 

Do you see the Holy Spirit alive & well in your life? In a ladies’ group that I’m part of we’ve been studying "Forgotten God" by Francis Chan. One of the comments he makes is that if we went to a football game and saw the players huddle up to call plays, then go running back to the bench we would think they were crazy! Who wants to go to a game where they don’t run the plays? But so many times this is what the christian life looks like to a non-believer. We huddle up on Sundays, get fired up, make plans, then run back to the "bench" for the rest of the week!

Shouldn’t we be making a difference?! If you are a believer, you have the Spirit of God inside of YOU!!!! How amazing is that! It can be scary to allow him to use us & work through us, but the rewards…they are amazing!

Galations 5:22-25 says:

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."

So many times I look at my life and can’t see those attributes at all. So I remind myself that I must be constantly in God’s word and in fellowship with Him. I cannot display these "gifts of the Spirit" if I am not spending time with Him! It says we "live" by the Spirit, not visit Him weekly or speak with Him occasionally, but be constantly "in step" with Him. I know that I must be looking DAILY for opportunities that God puts in my life. Someone once said,
"There are NO accidents, NO coincidences, everything is by DIVINE APPOINTMENT." There are times when I "forget" that the Spirit is working in my life on a daily basis. Then there are days like today when I see it like a beacon in the night. God sends people into our lives to allow us the opportunity to share Him with others. The question is…will you allow the Spirit to use you to "make the play"? Or will you "sit the bench"?

This is a song by Francesca Battistelli that basically reminds me that I need to not be afraid to stand up & stand out. I need to let the Spirit move in my life to reach others!

Lost Get Found

Hello my friend, I remember when you were
So alive with your wide eyes
Then the light that you had in your HEART was stolen
Now you say that it ain't WORTH stayin'
You wanna run but you're hesitatin', I'm talkin' to me

Don't let your LIGHTS go down
Don't let your FIRE burn out
'Cause somewhere
Somebody needs a REASON to believe

Why don't you rise up now?
Don't be afraid to STAND OUT
That's how the lost get found

So when you get the CHANCE, are you gonna take it?
There's a really big WORLD at your fingertips
And you know you have the chance to CHANGE it
There's a girl on the streets, she's cryin'
There's a man whose faith is dyin', love is CALLIN' you

Why do we go with the flow
Or take an easier road?
Why are we playin' it safe?
LOVE came to show us the way
LOVE is a CHANCE we should take
I'm movin' out of the way

Don't let your LIGHTS go down
Don't let your FIRE burn out
'Cause somewhere
Somebody NEEDS a reason to