Thursday, February 6th
Disclaimer……today’s funny is me just keeping it real.
I recently witnessed a woman being very unkind and ugly to a sales clerk. She wasn’t discreet or quiet with her behavior.
It so happened we were walking out the door at the same time. I had my eyes fixed on her and she turned to me and asked if I had a problem. I said nope, I was just thinking that maybe you should eat some make-up for lunch so you can be pretty on the inside too.
Then I smiled and quietly said, in Jesus' Name. Ok, so maybe I said that part under my breath. But I did smile.
This encounter made me think about a question I heard recently. “What if someone followed me around with a video camera all day documenting my every move? Catching all my words, facial expressions, actions and reactions on camera?”
While I thought about the lady who was being openly rude, the Holy Spirit convicted me. My thoughts suddenly turned to myself. Do I always act and react appropriately? Compassionately? Patiently? In other words, Christlike?
The honest and disappointing answer is no, I do not. Are my less than Christlike behaviors intentional? No, they aren’t. But that does not excuse them and the way they impact others. Let’s be honest, it is difficult and nearly impossible some days to walk in the Spirit and by faith amid a broken, sin-sick, sin-soaked world.
However, as believers, we must be aware not only of our words but our actions. Our facial expressions and body language can speak volumes without a spoken word. Our lives are constantly sending a message. We have a choice in what that message is.
My prayer for myself and for you is that we will live on purpose and with purpose to point others to Christ.
Our world is sick, and we have the cure. Let’s not keep it to ourselves.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16
Until next week……..Don’t forget to smile!