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I’m OK.–You’re OK.

Once upon a time, a person who is dear spoke sharply in response to something I had said. I was puzzled, as my “offending” words seemed innocent to me. I said nothing, but closely examined the conversation, for the relationship was important to me. In replaying the incident in my head I listened to my tone of voice and asked myself if there had been any snippet of innuendo that had tagged along with my words.

Within the last hour I watched a video of the late Rev. J. T. Pugh being interviewed by Rev. Paul Mooney. During that hour or so as Brother Pugh was reciting some of his ministerial experiences, he mentioned the book, I’m OK.–You’re OK. then went on to explain that the real truth of life reveals that I’m not okay and you’re not okay.

My mind reverted to the scenario I mentioned in the first paragraph here, and I resolved to continue my quest. Although I know I am a bitter example of such, I truly want to reflect Jesus. I want His mind. I want Christlike responses to be those that come automatically to my lips. I pray my tone of voice will be clear and kind, and that accusing or indicting innuendo be absent from my vocabulary.

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

4 replies on “I’m OK.–You’re OK.”

Sis Buxton, you are still a glowing light of transparency and truth.. The older I get and the longer I work with people, the more i realize that we are truly broken in many different ways. one person’s righteousness seems a bit less to another and yet if you peer behind their curtain they have less than they aspire to as well. All I can say is that if we all looked on the inside instead of on others, and if we would simply measure ourselves by the word of God. we would be far better for using the ruler of the word on ourselves. It seems as if how we feel about something is far more important than how God views it and we have allowed our tether to the word of God slip from our hands like a balloon from a child tired grip.

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Brother Hall, what a surprise. So very nice to hear from you. It’s all so complicated, and yes, again I believe in one way or another we are all broken. We are so blessed to know of the healing power of our Jesus who renews us day by day. A better day surely comes. My love and blessings to all.


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