A lot of people are getting psyched about the weekend — it’s time for the annual Oscars Awards Ceremony !
Tinseltown’s buzzing with their Who’s Who List, hoping to get some applause and credit. It’s guaranteed, many will be down in the dumps by the end of the night.
I’m not just talking about the people who’ll be driving home without a golden statue.
Since the 1990’s, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences started a tradition of airing a montage of actors who’ve passed away the previous year — as a “Memoriam” to their life and contribution to the art of film.
“It is the single most troubling element of the Oscar show every year,” says Bruce Davis, executive director of the Academy. “Because more people die each year than can possibly be included in that segment.”
According to the AP article that quoted Davis, there are hundreds of names who could be included in the show’s memorial. Only thirty or so make the final cut.
The family members who watch the show and see their loved ones missing from the tribute are heart broken. As a result, the show gets barraged with upset phone calls every year.
Keepin’ It Real
We may also get left out, if we step out and take a chance to be real. We risk being cut from someone’s (unrealistic, incomplete) image of us.
It hurts. If you’ve been misunderstood, you get me when I say it’s easier to go back to living in a box and live safe, rather than real.
It gets kinda lonely though. And stale.
After all, real life is about the good and the bad.
Are You A Faith Barista, Too?
This week, I celebrated a personal milestone of hitting the 100th Faith Barista post — with an article about Becoming Real: Why We All Have Dots.
I couldn’t have picked a better topic to blog about because of the amazing stories you shared in the comments.
I was touched by the authenticity of your experiences.
It underscored my conviction that real stories are what puts us in touch with ourselves, others and God.
Our vulnerabilities make up the perfect conditions for faith.
As people of faith, our lives can stand out. It’s not that we’re on So-and-So’s list. We can afford to take risks relationally and with our dreams. We can dare to be real, because we are never cut from God’s list.
I’ve met quite a few faith baristas, since I opened up the bar here at Faith Barista.
I started blogging because I wanted to find people who are on the same journey to keep faith hot and fresh.
Is that you, too?
If so, you are a faith barista!
Calling Faith Baristas
*** BLOG WITH ME! JOIN ME NEXT WEEK, FRIDAY, 3/12 ***
Serve up your shot of faith by writing about: Rejection
1. Write 300-700 words about the topic of rejection.
2. Keep it real.
3. Share how it affected or influenced your faith walk (relationship with God, others, or yourself).
Next week, I’ll have MckLinky up — which means you can type in the url of your blog post & we can all read your thoughts on rejection.
I’m looking forward to how we’ll encourage each other in our unique experiences. I know we’ll end up sharing new ways to keep faith hot & fresh!
Comment below and lemme know if you’re game!
A. Naw. I’ll just read.
B. Maybe. We’ll see.
C. Probably. I’ll try.
D. Plan to do it!
* Psst… By the way, if you don’t have a blog, you can comment your thoughts on this topic too next week!
** Double psst… To sweeten the deal, I’m going to have a special Faith Barista giveaway, for the faith barsitas who participate!
“He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white.
I will never blot out his name from the book of life,
but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.”
D!! So game…this’ll definitely be some keeping it real jumping. Looking forward to it 🙂
.-= Katy´s last blog ..Up, Up and Away =-.
Oh, Bonnie. I don’t know if I can do this yet. I’ll be praying about it.
.-= Anne Lang Bundy´s last blog ..Hard Answers =-.
C~ Probably…as long as I don’t forget. I am sure I have some thing to share its just to figure out what type of rejection do I want to share. 😉
I’ll remind ya… 🙂
I am going to most definitely try…need to talk with my co-authors to confirm! 🙂
.-= Kristen@Moms Sharpening Moms´s last blog ..Testing My Physical Fitness Limits =-.
Rejection…it’s kinda my thing. See ya next week 🙂
.-= Jessica´s last blog ..A Prayer =-.
C! I’ll try! I’ll have to go down memory lane, oh. wait. I have a story. Change my answer to D, I’m in!
.-= Rachel´s last blog ..Do. Not. Write. In. My. Dust! =-.
C! Best of intentions! It’s ALL about being real. Rejection is definitely that! Thx Bonnie! 🙂
Did you get some inside information? LOL-Oh wow oh wow…another timely post…again. I needed to hear this right now.
.-= Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith´s last blog ..Encouragement-Christian Book Review Carnival =-.
Count me in. Rejection is eerily similar to what I planned on writing about next Friday. Weird.
.-= Brett Barner´s last blog ..Through Aged Eyes: A Plea for Nursing Home Ministries =-.
Get OUTTA TOWN!
how ’bout E. count on it! =) I could write on this topic every Friday!
have a blessed weekend!!
.-= stef´s last blog ..the weirdo relative =-.
This looks great! Count me in!!! (I’m putting a reminder in my phone and calendar so I don’t forget. . . because I’m that ridiculous sometimes.)
.-= Jake´s last blog ..Escape and Freedom =-.
Awesome! — Can’t wait!
Count me in! Thanks for providing an opportunity to build community with others!
.-= Melissa Brotherton´s last blog ..Will You Read Me a Story? =-.
Oh no!!! We don’t have to mention High School dances do we:) I’m there!
.-= Mariah´s last blog ..The Battle Before Acceptance =-.
Yes! … Do I hear a Bryan Adams song playing in the gym?
Probably…I know I can write about it, but I don’t know if I want to. I know I should, but I don’t know if I can….but I’ll think about it.
.-= Debbie S´s last blog ..Fix it Friday =-.
I will definitely try…have had experience enough…fo’shur. 🙂
C…i’m starting to work on it now.
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Plan on it…just try to remind me. 😉
@Rebecca: You got it.
C. I will try. I will do my best to get something written Bonnie! 🙂
.-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..Silly Saturday – Don’t Buy Stuff You Cannot Afford =-.
C. I should remember to do it. Gosh, as a writer I feel like rejection comes up over and over again because it’s just a part of the life.
.-= Ed Cyzewski´s last blog ..Learning that God Has Things Under Control: Lent, Week Two =-.
That’s encouraging to know…
Rejection, huh? I could write a book on it, or maybe a series sometime in the future. Good idea.
.-= Larry Who´s last blog ..I’d Like To Prophesy…But* (Part 3) =-.
Soooo game!!! I understand rejection well
Gonna try to write a post! 🙂
.-= Debbie ´s last blog ..Critical Thinking =-.
I plan to do it!!!
Bonnie. This is very real for me and will be an easy post. Count me in!
.-= David @ Red Letter Believers´s last blog ..The Jesus action figure =-.
Easy peasy, huh?
Now that’s fascinating about the list. Why did I never know that? Sad too, in its way.
.-= L.L. Barkat´s last blog ..Loving Monday: You a Philanthropist? =-.
Just read that they left out Farah Fawcett, who died last year, even though she was a member of the Academy…