I must talk a bit about the name of this blog… “schmuck like me”. I grew up in a home where my grandparents would talk in Yiddish. It is a funny language and I got to know several words. It seems to be a dying language, I used to hear it much more as a young child, rarely these days. I have come to know that a schmuck meant an “idiot”. I am aware that there is another meaning but for all intents and purposes of this blog, let’s say that it means “idiot”.
When I am referring to myself as a schmuck, I kind of mean it in a good way. Hear me out before you pre-judge. In the world around us, there is so much pressure to “be”. We are told we must be good, be polite, be honest, be on time, be prepared and the list goes on….
In the Old Testament of the Bible, we had a lot of “be’s”. And if there were wrongs, there were procedures we followed to “be” (there is that word again) forgiven and back in the good graces of GOD.
Then JESUS came to us to save us from having to “be”. The “be” became “believe”. So we now just have to “believe” that HE came and was crucified for US (all of us) and we are saved. We ALL make mistakes and we ALL are schmucks. None of us are perfect and none of us have to BE! We just have to have faith, that is it…. No strings attached. What freedom in being a schmuck! I can be a schmuck and my GOD still loves me, protects me and blesses me beyond imagine.
PRAYER: Dear GOD, help the reader understand that we are not perfect but loved, not without mistakes but saved and all we need is to BElieve in the glory of the gift we have in YOUR precious SON who gave HIS last breath so that we can just BE who we are and still be loved and saved! In JESUS glorious name, AMEN! And thank you JESUS for giving me what I do not deserve!
I am Deni, short for Denise. I grew up in a Jewish home, in a Jewish neighborhood and a Jewish family. In 3rd grade we moved. We moved to a mostly non-Jewish area.... that is where JESUS found me. I say found me because I yet had not acknowledged it, but would find out later.......by grace, HE HELD ME ALL ALONG, just a lil Jewish girl from Philly.