Cause to Pause

Today’s Bible Reading (from Exodus 7-8; Matthew 15:1-20
Friday’s: Exodus 9-11; Matthew 15:21-39   Saturday’s: Exodus 12-13; Matthew 16
Sunday’s: Exodus 14-15; Matthew 17          Monday’s: Exodus 16-18; Matthew 18:1-20

The late Steve Jobs wasn’t the only person to incorporate a “reality distortion field.” We all do it as we struggle with perceptions and image management. Maureen McCormick, who played the enviable Marsha on that 70s iconic sitcom, The Brady Bunch, surfaced on prime-time television by competing in season 23 of Dancing with the Stars. Baby Boomers watched the weekly episodes during those five seasons from 1969-1974, while Gen X and Millennials caught the reruns in syndication. Many remember middle sister Jan, played by Eve Plum, bemoaning the perceived perfection of her big sister by chanting, “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.” Maybe the character was flawless, but the actress was not. In an interview, McCormick talked about her struggles noting that she battled bulimia in her teens, got addicted to cocaine in her 20s, fought depression in her 30s, struggled with weight gain in her 40s, and at 60 she still wrestled with self-confidence.[1]

Most of us picture a template of what we’re supposed to be like as a person, parent, student, athlete, employee/employer, and find we don’t measure up. It’s a reality distortion field. Nobody’s Marsha Brady. We’re all flawed sinners who have been given the hope of redemption and new life through Christ.  Thank you, Lord!

Best regards,
Mark Dillman
Minister, Airport Rd. Church of Christ

[1] People, 10/3/16, page 87.