My friend, may I ask you a question? As Christians we often don’t realize how the little things that we do are all carefully observed by those around us. Are our lives, in that sense, more of a living testament than we know?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Sometimes its quite amazing how what we do, even though we are simply doing and nothing more, can have such a great impact on someone who is impressionable. I remember years ago when my grandson James took one of his first rides with me on my tractor. At two-years-old he was the consummate observer, especially when it came to tools. As memory serves me, It only took him a second or two to watch me take a key out of my pocket, put it into the ignition of the tractor to turn the engine over, for his little mind to grasp the concept of starting an engine and making it go. He had that mastered in a minute and, seeing his opportunity when my back was turned, to take the key back out of the ignition, replace it and turn the key on his own. He was delighted to hear the engine roar over. Now he had a skill, learned in but a moment, that would probably stick with him for the rest of his life.
As Christians we often don’t realize how the little things that we do are all carefully observed by those around us. Our lives, in that sense, a more of a living testament than we know.
Here’s a story: According to the book, Life of Francis d’Assisi, Francis once invited a young monk to join him on a trip to town to preach. Honored to be given the invitation, the monk readily accepted. All day long he and Francis walked through the streets, byways, and alleys, and even into the suburbs. They rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people. At day's end, the two headed back home. Not even once had Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the gospel. Greatly disappointed, his young companion said, “I thought we were going into town to preach.” Francis responded, “My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were seen by many and our behavior was closely watched. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!” (Daily Bread, December 15, 1991.)
Living our lives as a book that others can read simply by watching what and how we live them is probably the most important part of being a Christian. People learn about Christ just as my little grandson learned how to start that tractor. They watch us, long to have our contentment and happiness, and often repeat what they observe in the hopes they might capture what they may be missing. A simple walk of faith becomes our pulpit, and our lives become the words.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for the measure of faith you’ve given me, and all of the precious gifts you have given me: salvation, healing, prosperity, are connected to my faith. It's impossible to please you without it. I will keep your commandments, walk in love, stay in the Word and live by faith so that others may see me and glorify you. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/your-daily-prayer/a-prayer-for-god-to-do-the-impossible-your-daily-prayer-may-24-2017.html–adapted)
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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