Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm In!

I'm in! It's done! I'm officially a member of the D.A.R!

For those of you who haven't read my earlier post on the subject (including the necessary Gilmore Girls references), this has been in the works for about eight months or so. Only one person in my family—someone who branched off my family tree way up there, whom I've never met—has become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (D.A.R.), so I had to do a bunch of genealogy research and complete a huge application. Then it had to go to the headquarters in D.C. and pass rigorous evaluation by the super strict genealogists in their employ. Then I had to be voted in by a council or something. Then I was assigned an official D.A.R. number.

Seriously. It's quite the process.

I found out I was official just before my meeting on Wednesday. I've been going to these D.A.R. meetings knowing—well, hoping—that I'd be official one day. I have a name tent and a button, but I've always felt like a guest. Couldn't really volunteer for much, being "unofficial" and all. Didn't have much to say at meetings.

But now? I'm in. I'm a part of it. I even talked at the meeting tonight! I had input! I counted!

On the way home from my meeting, I thought about what a difference that makes. Being "official," I mean. I feel like I'm truly part of the organization. I'm a member. I'm allowed to talk about the D.A.R. from the perspective of someone who knows what she's talking about.

When do you reach that point in Christianity? Right after you're baptized? That means you're in, doesn't it? You get the Holy Spirit and everything! Or maybe it's not until you become a member of a church. Then you're actually committed. You've settled down. You've said to the world, "I'm in it for the long haul now! I'm going to be a learning, growing Christian!"

Unless you become a member and don't actually go. That so doesn't count.

So when do you get to talk about Christianity with any authority? How do I get to have a blog and write about God all the time? What special council voted me in? Do I get a number and stuff?

Hmm. I'm not sure. What do you think?



P.S. - Now that I've finished all the seasons of Gilmore Girls, I've learned that they barely say anything about the D.A.R. Bummer.

13 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness. I read this and your previous post and I *love* the Gilmore Girls reading list! Are you really reading through that list? It's huge! For what it's worth, I loved watching the Gilmore Girls.

    I know this post was about the DAR but really, I'm much more knowledgable re: the Gilmore Girls. So I'm just gonna talk about them in my comment. Gilmore Girls. There. ;)

    I guess you'll have to educate us all about the DAR.

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  2. I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this post! You took me right where I wanted you to through it. And guess what, from now on, when I wake up, in addition to my first words, which are usually, "I need you Jesus," I will now be adding . . . "I'M IN, Lord!I'm ALL in! Take my life and let it be Yours!"

    Thank you sister,
    blessings and big hugs!
    Cherie

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  3. Oh yah!! I had thought about becoming a member but with all the effort involved I think I am a bit too lazy for it,lol!

    I know we all go way back, already done the majority of my genealogy traces, but wow what a process!

    I think you become an authority when you accept Jesus, He gives us the right to talk about Him on a blog, actually He urges us to do just that. Spread His love for everyone and let them know that HE's here & wants to know them. We are supposed to be missionaries & I feel blessed, just as I'm sure you do to be able to use this blog as an outlet for that wonderful mission! Much love <3

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  4. I agree with Katrina above...Jesus gives us authority to speak in His name. In fact, he specifically tells us that's what he wants us to do. We are to be his hands and feet. Do we need a written invitation? We've got it, straight from his word. We're falling down on the job if we AREN'T! However, the key is to always be growing in our own faith so that you know that you're representing Christ accurately. There are well-meaning false teachers out there who don't even know they're false because they aren't walking hand in hand and letting God lead the way.

    I love your blog!!!

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  5. I was just thinking about this, I didn't know anything about DAR but good for you ;)
    I was thinking about the term New Christian, I've been calling myself that but it's not true lol. I was reborn over a year ago now and frankly I hope that I'm always this fired up about God and how He has changed my life. The first day I was this fired up...now I know the Word better but my dedication was the same the first day.

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  6. I guess if we wait until we feel "authorized" by a feeling, an experience, a particular action or membership event to talk about Jesus we might have a long (silent) wait ahead of us.

    I would, anyway.

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  7. Is it my computer. I can't read your post because it matches your background...

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  8. @ThaiHoa

    It must be your computer--the text has a white background on mine! Sorry!

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  9. LOVE this post! I'm only 2nd generation American on both sides of my family so the DAR seems like a secret society to me. ;) ...but Jesus doesn't care how long you or your family has been a part of His kingdom. We all become heirs the instant we say, "I want in!" Now if only I could grasp exactly how to fulfill an heir's duties. :)

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  10. I think once you recieve Christ in your heart you are so in and can talk about Him all you want.

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  11. We continue to have that "separated at birth" thing going on, Rachel. I COULD be a member of the DAR, but just haven't wanted to go through all the work. My sixth great grandfather was Robert Morris, one of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence. Plus, I am a bit addicted to Gilmore Girls reruns. And, I agree that from the moment we accept Christ we are more than qualified to start talking about what He's doing/done in our lives. :)

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  12. Well you taught me something new. I had no idea about DAR before coming here. Congratulations on being "in"!!

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  13. Congratulations!!! I have to confess, my knowledge of the DAR doesn't go beyond the whole Marian Anderson/resignation of Eleanor Roosevelt drama...I had to google it. I'm glad I did! What a rich heritage!

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