I love the fact that even though my children are all grown and away from home they still want to hang out with me! This is a blessing! Today my oldest daughter calls me after church and asks if I would like to meet her for lunch after church ( we attend different churches in neighboring cities). I of course said yes because time with my Christian Raye is limited with her busy schedule not to mention she is applying for a missionary position in Mexico that could begin as early as January. (YIKES! “I trust You Lord!”) But as she asks me I hear her ask her friends if it’s okay if I come…’sure she’s a cool Mom’ is what I hear in the background! Wow, I thought, I’m a cool mom? What does that mean? I love her friends, they are all college age and full of excitement. I enjoy hearing them discuss the Bible and their walk with the Lord and occasionally I get to encourage and even pray for or with her sweet friends. The ministry of a Mom never ends although it changes a bit with each season of life, for this I am thankful! My hubby says, ” if our children still choose to hang out with us as adults we must have done something right!” Cool Mom!💝
Confession…I am an avid people watcher. I am constantly surprised by what people will do in public. One thing we are all guilty of is examining our own reflections, whether it is in a mirror or a window, we all do it. The worst is when you are out somewhere with someone and you catch them staring at something, then you realize the entire time you have been chatting they have been checking themselves out in a mirror across the room! We are all a little vain!
The problem is that we are all so focused on our outward appearance we forget that people can also view our character. Those around us can tell if we are positive or negative, honest or dishonest, loyal or flakey! What are your conversations, comments, body language, and facial expressions revealing about you? These things are revealed especially in our work environments. Have you ever noticed how easy it is to catch a cold when you work closely with people? Our attitudes can be just as contagious! Our negativity can become poison to those around us and even cause us to lose our jobs! This is not only true in work but faith as well!
“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?–unless indeed you are disqualified.” 2 Corinthians 13:5
Paul encourages believers to check out their lives to see if they are truly living out their faith with more than just lip service! Anyone can say they are a Christian but what does their life say about them? Big Tent Revival had a song years ago that asked…”If loving God were a crime, would you be an outlaw?” Basically if there were a CSI investigation of your faith would their be enough evidence to convict you? Each of us needs to take inventory and re-evaluate our lives to see what type of life we are living. If you are professing christianity than live it out! I know this is not an easy thing to do, which is why we have the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit will empower you and I to live as we should, if we will only yield control to God!
An examination is the only way we can know if there is a need for change in our lives. Listen to your conversations, what message are you sending? Are you poison or life to those around you? I am asking myself these questions too! May our faith be lived out before the world in such a way that the lost might come to know Jesus!
This week I will be attending the funeral of a well-loved Pastor, Pastor Bob Hoekstra. I met this pastor in Murrieta and attended a Bible College course he offered. What I remember most about Pastor Bob…he glowed, no I mean it, he truly glowed with the love of Jesus! The encouragement I received from this man in my faith was priceless and I will be forever grateful for that experience and look forward to seeing him again in eternity!
I guess the reason I am writing this today is due to the fact that I have just learned that our pastor, Pastor Chuck Smith, has been diagnosed with lung cancer and this has me thinking about the life that I am leading here. Pastor Chuck will be remembered by the many lives he has reached with the truth of the gospel and the fact that he has trusted God through so many difficult circumstances. He is an amazing pastor and never backs down from sharing the truth of God’s Word and His love for each of us. He will leave a legacy of a life lived with purpose and faith!
What about my life? What will I be remembered for? Will I be remembered for every mistake I have made? There have been many! Or will I be remembered for something greater, something beyond myself? I would love to be remembered as a great mom, who loves her children with all of her heart or an amazing wife who loves her husband deeply. All women of faith would like to be thought of as the Proverbs 31 woman. All of those are amazing attributes but my greatest desire is to live a life of faith that is known not only by what I say but how I live my life! Jesus said, “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
I pray that each of us will take to heart the type of legacy we will leave when we enter into eternity. As Paul said, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
Live each day as if it might be your last, for no one is promised tomorrow.