My friend, may I ask you a question? Did you ever notice that 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. As Christians is it true that we often don’t realize how the little things that we do are all carefully observed by those around us?
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. Take my little grandson, James. When he was two years old he was the consummate observer, especially when it came to tools. It only took him a second to watch me take a key out of my pocket and put it into the ignition of the garden 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. He was delighted to hear the engine roar over. Now he had a skill, learned in a second or two, that would probably stick with him 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.
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 an important part of being a Christian. People learn about Christ just as my little grandson learned how to start that tractor. They watch us and repeat what we do. A simple walk of faith becomes our pulpit and our lives become the words.
We pray. Heavenly Father, “Make me a channel of your peace: Where there is hatred, let me bring your love, Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord, And where there’s doubt true faith in you. Make me a channel of your peace: Where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope, Where there is darkness, only light, And where there’s sadness, ever joy. O Master, grant that I may never seek So much to be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand, To be loved, as to love with all my soul! Make me a channel of your peace: It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, In giving of ourselves that we receive, And in dying that we are born to eternal life. In Jesus Name. Amen.
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