What a Travesty

Travesty. I probably haven’t used that word a handful of times in my whole life but it sprang to my mind yesterday during my early morning devotions…

I was thinking of how I’ve often heard people tell new believers that they might not always feel so “high” on Christ (for lack or a better word) as the day when they first believed, but they should be careful to remember “this day” if they should begin to doubt their new faith. I’m certain they meant well, but just typing those words makes me sad. The word travesty sprang to my mind and stayed all day.

It’s actually still there, so I just did a quick online dictionary search of the word. Here’s the short version: a grotesque imitation. Precisely.

May such a warning never pass our lips again. Oh, that every new believer was instead challenged and encouraged to know that the moment when they first taste Christ is only the beginning of His work in them, just the first taste of a life above what the world calls living, that the one who saves them wants to reveal Himself to them more fully day by day until they meet him face to face.

I hope you’re having a Wonderful Wednesday!



About Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

Known as The Belle of All Things Southern, Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a national best-selling author, speaker, radio host, and columnist from Louisiana.
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6 Responses to What a Travesty

  1. Ah. Good. And timely. We\’re preparing for our student camp and inevitably the conversation turns to \”camp highs\” and \”post-camp crashes\” and how do we encourage real life change? Of course, us mama-problem-solvers are trying to figure out how to \”do\” it (encourage, nag, teach right, model by example) when the reality is – this is the Spirit\’s work. When we give new believers, or renewed believers, the truth — that the Spirit of God is at work doing the sustaining, the regeneration, the changing — the pressure is off. We don\’t have to manufacture life change or sustain some kind of artificial, emotional response. We have to be yielded, obedient and ever grateful for His grace! That\’s where the joy is!

  2. rachturner says:

    Yes, yes, and YES!

  3. Pingback: Reversing the Travesty, Step One (new post) | Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

  4. Kay Mitchell says:

    Love everything you write. Just wish I could remember your posts on Friday and not just the Belle!!!!!!!

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