Perception IS Reality

Recently I was categorized by someone who really didn’t know me beyond my name, my profession, and my writing hobby as a ‘Holy Roller’.  I’m okay with that description.  I guess it could be worse, right?  In fact, I have deeper wounds from slings and arrows of insults I allowed to sink beyond the surface level of my flesh.  To be categorized as someone who strives to live a Christian life is no insult.  Not at all, indeed, I actually find it complimentary.

On a separate occasion, someone recently who didn’t know me beyond reading A Sacred Promise, revealed my writing was too Catholic.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I am neither flattered or insulted by compliments or criticism regarding my writing.  Perhaps I should be.  Anyway, I take being ‘too Catholic’ as a compliment.

A while back someone was challenging me on WHO I thought I WAS that I could write or even comment on leadership.  The questions posed to me during this low-key confrontation included, ‘What authors can you name who you have read that reflect the leadership ideology you follow?” and “Can you name one person whose life of leadership you model your leadership after?”  Like anyone put on the spot, I rapidly searched my brain for the ‘correct’ answers.  I was caught off guard a little by this challenge and struggled to name the authors and leaders I have admired and attempted to follow.

Upon reflection, what I should have said (and DO say now and WILL say in the future) is God is the author who has inspired me and Jesus is the man I would like to model my life after.  Both are great leaders, the BEST leaders.  Now, I am not just saying this because I believe these two divine leaders to be irrefutable, unarguable, undeniable to any of us.  No, in fact I say this because I believe it with all of my heart and soul.  Perhaps this makes me a ‘Holy Roller’ or possibly ‘too Catholic.’  I have made many mistakes in my human life, but I have found God and Jesus to consistently be there for me, picking me up by my bootstraps, and leading me out of my self-inflicted Valley of Death.

While perception IS reality, it is important I live the best I can, to be Christian in every way I know how.  If someone labels me as a ‘Holy Roller’ or ‘too Catholic’ I must be doing something right.

Have a blessed Holy Week.

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About jpsteltz

Proud husband and father of four; Literacy Specialist; Reading Teacher; Literacy Coach; HS ELA Teacher; Published Author
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2 Responses to Perception IS Reality

  1. jasteltz says:

    Thanks for your wishes of the Holy Week. Happy Holy Week to you too ! I have hung plastic eggs on my rhodendrum. Thanks for bringing up God & Jesus–I feel comforted by them upon thinking of them. Love ya–Julie

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