More Like Rose

I saw a play last night that really touched me. I love going to the theatre and my friend and I have committed to going to a play each year to celebrate our birthdays. This has been our annual ritual for many years now. It means we both get a present we really want and allows us to catch up at the same time. Win – win!

The Melbourne Theatre Company is our general go to. The productions they put on are diverse and outstanding. Last night was no different.

The play we saw was of 3 girls who met at university. They were all very different but became strong friends. The play followed their lives and showed us how their relationship developed.

I was struck most by the character Rose. She was bubbly and happy and saw positives in everyone. She was honest and open and approached new people in the same way.

I think I connected most with Rose because deep down I think I would like to be more like Rose. I often find, particularly when I’m meeting new people, I can be closed and wary. I know how to present myself as friendly but I often think that people are judging me and so I’m quick to judge others.

If I’m coming from a place of judgment then I can’t be truly honest with people about what I’m thinking. Because sometimes it’s not very nice and often the judgment is totally unfounded.

I think Jesus would have been like Rose when He met new people. He would have been open and honest. People certainly seemed drawn to Him. I know crowds often followed Him in order to seek something – meaning, hope, healing. But Jesus seemed to accept and embrace people as He met them, particularly those who were unloved by others in society.

While I still need to be true to myself and my feelings I have been challenged to be more open with people I interact with. If we are open with others then they are often open towards us. And that’s where real relationships can develop.

Lord, thank You for being so open and honest with us. May I be more like You in how I live. Amen.

What could you do to deepen relationships?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.

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