Have you ever overheard a conversation and you couldn’t stop yourself from listening to it? The other day, while out with the boys, I heard a group of ladies just totally slamming another woman. It was so bad I really started to wonder what in the world the other woman had done to them. They were talking rather loudly and from what I could gather, without making assumptions, the woman came from a background that was not like their own backgrounds and they were not very fond of her entrance into their social circle.
Guess where their social circle was? Yep. You got it. Church. When they mentioned being Christians, my stomach just turned. I wanted to go up to them and ask what church they went to- just so I wouldn’t ever enter its doors.
It was very convicting for me to be sitting away from these ladies and to observe from afar. I have been guilty of doing what they were doing. Oh yes indeed. My foot and my mouth have met each other several times. I don’t think these ladies really thought they were doing anything wrong, although they did ask one woman, who was being rather quiet, if she liked to “gossip about other people too.” These women did not realize how bad they sounded. Or maybe they did, I don’t know and just didn’t care. Either way, the example they were setting for Christians made me really sad. It also made me really think about the example I need to be setting in this world as a Christian.
When you walk with Jesus, it sometimes feels like you are holding a mirror in front of you at all times. Or it should feel like that right? He begins to convict your heart and once this starts to happen, you begin to wonder how you can become more like Him in everything that you do. But when you get caught up in all that this world is, His reflection starts to fade.
Dear Paige, Remember you are, foremost, a reflection of Jesus. Make others see Him inside of you first. Not the you that’s inside of this world. Be a steady light, leading the way and not one that flickers on and off, unsure of where to go. When His reflection is there, you can do all things, so shine your light as brightly as you can.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.