All my Christian life I’ve heard “someone is watching you”. This statement is intended as a reminder the things we do and say in our everyday lives are, in part, our Christian witness. Good or bad, if we claim Jesus as our Saviour, our actions reflect our love or lack of love for Him. I’m far from perfect and am sure beyond a doubt I have grieved Jesus many times with my words and actions. This post is no way intended to toot my own horn or pat myself on the back. Its sole purpose is to emphasize how great an impact our actions have on others…people without Jesus included…especially.
My sweet husband had to be at work at 5:00 this morning. I rolled out of bed at 5:30.
I’m hanging my head in shame, because I did not get out of bed in time to make breakfast for him and kiss him goodbye at the door. Not, really. He enjoys that quiet time alone to prepare for the day, and he kisses me goodbye before he leaves. By 8:00 I headed to Wal-Mart to pick up a few things I need for preparing what I will take for Sunday dinner on the grounds after church tomorrow. While in the produce department I came upon Charlie, an employee I’ve spoken to for years, and after greeting her, I asked her how long she had been working at the store. She told me she started when the store opened thirteen years ago. Then Charlie told me she remembered the first time she met me. I was just a little taken back and told her I hoped it was a good memory. I’ve always felt like Charlie was just a little uncomfortable around me…I sensed her looking through me…she seemed to be leery. She looked as if she had something she wanted to say. I even wondered if she disliked me even though I knew I had given her no reason to. I ALWAYS made it a point to speak to Charlie, ask how she was doing, and wish her a good day. Charlie told me she remembered me visiting the garden center shortly after it opened. I bought a shepherd’s hook. She said I returned later to return a shepherd’s hook. I told her there were two stuck together, and I paid for only one. I told her Jesus would not be pleased with me if I kept something I had not paid for even if it were not taken on purpose. Charlie said she couldn’t believe anyone would come back to return something they had not paid for. She has always been puzzled by my actions…and me. She has remembered that encounter every time she has seen me since it happened.
Charlie said people steal Wal-Mart blind, and few people bring things back if they leave without paying for them. I told Charlie, people need Jesus. Charlie does not know Him, but she knows He has made a difference in my life. I pray He will make a difference in her life, too.
My visit with Charlie this morning was humbling and reminded me people truly are watching us…and to them, we become what they see. What are others seeing in you?
Blog posts without pictures are so blah…so here is one…off topic, but very beautiful.
Until next time…
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16