As I get to know people, I find myself “reading their story.” Whether we are aware of it, or not, we are all telling a story…and we are often unaware of the people who are reading our story. The cashier at Target, whose register quits working just after you’ve unloaded your entire cart onto her counter. Will you tell her a story of your impatience or will you tell her your story of kindness and understanding? The teenager at McDonald’s who messes up your order and forgets to give you the small fry for your kid’s Happy Meal. Will you tell him a story of anger over his mistake or will you tell him a story of patience? The old man at the bus stop, chattering away about his life. Will you show him that you have no time for his nonsense or will you listen intently to all he has to say? The nurse at the clinic who calls you in to be seen thirty minutes after your scheduled appointment. Will you show her a grumbly attitude because your time is being wasted or will you show her that you’re thankful that the doctor takes his time with each of his patients?
1 Peter 2:21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.
When you are out with your husband, do you hold your husband’s hand or do you leave a distance between yourselves? Does your husband talk with you, sharing his day, knowing that you will be an eager listener or do you each have your own lives that are separate from each other? Do your children see you kissing your husband when he comes home from work? Do they see you preparing a special dinner for him after he’s had an especially long day?
Proverbs 12:4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.
When you are at the park with your children, do people see you sitting on your cell phone while your wee ones play or do they see you playing with your kids? Do you yell at your kids from the bench when they throw sand, or do you walk over to them and encourage them to do something else? When they misbehave, do you scream at your children and belittle them or do you correct them in love?
Psalm 1:8-9 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.
So many people are watching your story…. What do you want them to see? I want people to see Jesus in me, when they read my story.
Psalm 18:28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
I want to always be aware of the story that I am sharing….and I want it to be a story that shows others the light of Jesus in me.
1 Peter 2:12 Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.