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Faith Filled Friday: What Others See

May 8, 2020

by Connie Terpack

Some days it is tough to be a Christian. I wake up feeling groggy or out of sorts. I make a pot of coffee and sit at my computer going through emails until the coffee is ready. I am a little more awake by the time the coffee is ready so I get my cup and sit in my recliner to have my morning devotions. Sometimes I pray then or I wait until I am more awake. I pray throughout the day, mostly little short prayers.
Now if you heard that I did not pray with my devotions, what would you think of me as a Christian?
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thessalonians 5:17

As a teenager I was not always the best example of a Christian. Can I blame it on those raging hormones all teens suffer through? I was often angry with my parents about one thing or another. I was not allowed to go to my senior prom because my mother believed dancing was evil. It was the only dance I wanted to go to. The only dances I knew were the waltz and polka. Those I learned at the firehouse Friday night fish fry we went to when I was around seven or eight.
Why was that dancing okay and my prom sinful? Am I wrong to think that slow dancing is not sinful?
Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise;) Ephesians 6:1-2

A few years ago while walking into a restaurant for breakfast with my friends a gentleman held the door open for us. I was last in the group and turned to thank him when my speech became slurred, like I was drunk. He looked down and shook his head. It was that look that said ‘So sad.’
He would never know that I have myasthenia gravis and will often walk like a drunk and talk like a drunk.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Ephesians 5:18

A long time ago a guy said to me, “You must be one of those Christians.” I wondered what kind of “Christians” he was always around. Was I too preachy? Or did he see me as something else than a child of God? Did he know that the person was truly saved by Jesus or was he just labeling them as a Christian because they went to church?
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lust… Ephesians 4:22a

If a blind person hears me, could they tell I am a Christian?
If a deaf person sees me, could they see Christ living in me?

2 Comments
  1. Such a good article! Thank you!

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