Get R.E.A.L., Part 1, by Monica Guthrie


I’m thinking, I needed to end one year and begin the new one with a positive catalyst. A powerful force that can propel us into wonderful things. I could not think of anyone better.

I have met some really fantastic people on my journey through life.  Every turn in my path has presented me with at least one person that has changed my life for the better.  This is one such person. 


Monica Guthrie is a rare gem.  Her heart is pure and sweet.  She is funny and outspoken without pretense. She is devoted to her family and friends.  And she can sing her whole face off!  It is an honor beyond measure that she calls me, “Sis.”

 Meet my sister, Monica Lynese…keepin’ it real.


 Today reality TV has TOTALLY taken over our airwaves. With shows like The Housewives of EVERYWHERE, Basketball Wives, Keeping up with the Kardashians, Bad Girls Club, Love and Hip Hop etc. Everyone wants to see REAL LIFE! Sayings like “I’m just keeping it real or keeping it 100” “Real talk” and “It’s about to get real” are frequently heard. With all of the foolishness going on in the world, we wonder why children are getting killed senselessly on the streets of Chicago, children are disrespectful and show little to not respect for adults or authority. It’s not about to get real, IT IS REAL. But what should that mean to us in the body of Christ? It’s time for us to GET R.E.A. L.

 Getting real, be real, what does it all mean? After hearing the theme, I wondered, which way to go with this message. Romans 12:1-2 reads: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present you bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God which is you reasonable service. (2) And be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The Message bible says “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life your sleeping, eating going-to-work, and walking-around life-and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you develops well-formed maturity in you.”

  How can we be real in today’s society?

 R- RENEW First step is renewing you mind.  We can’t allow society to dictate how we live, think, behave. Once we welcome Christ into our lives and ask him to be our Lord and Savior, Our minds, bodies no longer belong to us. We have to allow God to transform us to be more Christ-like to fight this fight and live this life. Oh but you don’t understand! It’s hard out here! It’s different now!!! The word of God has not changed. Having to live go to school in an unbelieving world can greatly influence the mind. By the end of the day, we often find ourselves thinking and even acting like unbelievers due to such close association. Most of us are bombarded daily by backbiting competition, vulgar language, gossip, and all kinds of worldly temptations. If you allow God to transform you His will (What he wants for your life) becomes YOUR will! (Not thy will but THINE be done)! By renewing your mind, you allow yourself the opportunity to become all that God has destined you to be. If your mind isn’t renewed, you continue to go through life under your full ability and potential.  Just like in the movie Transformers.  The transformers on the surface were cool cars, automobiles, etc., but once it came time, for battle, they transformed into these mighty warriors that had supernatural abilities to fight the enemy. It’s the same in your walk with Christ.  On the surface, you’re just a child, just a teenager, human flesh and blood. But once you allow God access to be the head of your life and you follow him and his commandments. Your will, your flesh becomes less vulnerable.  Your mind becomes more like Christ and you desire to please him, instead of your flesh, your friends, or your boo.


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