Author: Risa Kopp

About Risa Kopp

I am: Risa Kopp, a housewife with soul. Mom to 5. Wife to 1 awesome man. I'm a "grown-at-home" in the country type of girl, who loves to garden, can, and cook for my family.

Human Like That

Many times my opinion has alienated me from fellow believers. It used to be that I would blast people with my opinion and it obviously had poor results. However, I’ve found that people in general are uncomfortable with being disagreed with.

Here is how God made me:

– no-nonsense
– honest
– strong sense of justice
– desiring truth
– a propensity towards getting into the nitty-gritty of the faith
– big heart for God and people

Here is how God has changed me:

– moved me from a romanticized idealism to a realistic viewpoint of humanity
– bringing me to the realization that the lost won’t miraculously be reached by attending church
– showing me that mercy is a good balance to truth. (Mercy and truth have kissed.)
– not every battle is one that should be fought
– manymanymorethingstoomanytocount

Through the things I’ve been through, and my honesty about them in my songs, hurting believers and non-believers have been touched by my story, or in Christian terms, my “testimony”. And I didn’t have to wrap it up in a pretty, perfect package with verbiage that makes people comfortable.

My gift doesn’t come wrapped up. It is what it is. There is no pretension. There is no guessing. It’s more like a holding it behind my back until the right time and giving it to someone, as I got it. There aren’t pretty ribbons, but it isn’t a “chocolate pie” either. 😉 I used to feel a lot of shame concerning this. Not guilt. SHAME. I allowed people’s judgmental attitudes to make me feel bad for doing and saying what God told me to. It caused a lot of vacillating for me.

Recently I watched a documentary on Johnny Cash. When I think of Johnny, I think of the man at the end of his life, who through honesty spoke/sang what he felt was the truth, whose American recordings have touched MILLIONS of people. He’s gotten a lot of flack through the years from judgmental Christians who thought he did “devil music” and thought it was a shame that he didn’t do “just Gospel”.

I wonder how many people those judgmental Christians touched with their ridiculous standards and lack of grace. Even with all of Johnny Cash’s mistakes, he reached millions. He told millions of people about God. And I can guarantee that his mistakes and humanity made his listeners more open to the Gospel of Christ.

Why? Because he wasn’t afraid to bare his heart and say, “I’m just a man with a story to tell,” and it happened to include God. I’m not the crying type and I wept watching interviews of Cash’s last few years. What a legacy, even if flawed.

I’m tired of romanticized ideals- ones that I used to also have. I don’t want to be a GD princess or one of “God’s royalty”. I want to be His servant. I want my humanity: my blindness, my mistakes, my idiocy, my weaknesses, my SIN to be “out there”. To me God doesn’t accept me because I’m perfect or “made perfect”, He accepts me as I am, DESPITE these human flaws.

It is what it is. I am what I am. Some people appreciate that. Some don’t, because it challenges their lofty ideals. I won’t change this about myself. EVER AGAIN. I won’t put a pretty bow on something, but I also try not to throw truth at people too often or too hard. I’m not always successful.

I’m human like that.

You are Valuable.

This is on my heart. There is someone out there who has been taking verbal abuse from a loved one. You feel that somehow you deserve their words. You feel that you can change it, if only you keep trying and keep praying. You hope that God can change the situation.You have value

He can, but there is a stipulation. That person has to WANT to change. Their remorse has to go deeper than just being caught. Repentance can’t be shallow, or it is just a band-aid on a festering wound.

If this touches anyone today, please read this next paragraph carefully:

You have value. You are beautiful. You are worth good things. You are worthy of love. You are worthy of healthy relationships. You are enough- RIGHT NOW. You are enough- JUST AS YOU ARE. You are loved.

Change That ‘Tude.

I HIGHLY DISLIKE THIS MEME AND THIS ATTITUDE!!!!!! 😡

BOO!

Being someone who didn’t go to church for 8 years, I have to whole-heartedly disagree.

In the 8 years I didn’t attend, I still believed in God. I still prayed every day. I still kept my morals. I still taught my children godly ways.

In the 8 years I was away, God used that time to deconstruct all of the lies that were spoken over me by terrible church leadership. In that time, I asked God questions, and He revealed Himself to me in a different way than I saw Him previously.

I strongly dislike this meme. Why? Because it shows a lack of grace. It doesn’t exhibit compassion and love. It is judgmental. It doesn’t search out Truth. This meme is a good example of why wounded people don’t want to come back. Who wants to put themselves out there to trust, only to be wounded again? The attitude of this meme isn’t very promising.

Remember the ONE that Jesus left the 99 to find? That is compassion. He is gentle and loving. He is kind and understanding. He is tenacious in coming after us to hold us and heal us.

That is what God was to me in those years. He had me away from church, because He knew that if I were hurt again at the wrong time, (after being hurt several times,) that I might never fulfill the calling on my life.

Stop being judgmental and LOVE. ❤️