“May we be delivered from a condition which gives other people, looking at us, the impression that to be a Christian means to be unhappy, to be sad, to be morbid, and that the Christian is one who scorns delights and live laborious days”
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
I wonder what comes to peoples minds at work when they think I need to go ask Marcy about that. I wonder if they dread coming to see me, or if they feel assured it will be a pleasant situation. This question pervades my mind.
As a child of God I want others to be drawn to Who is in me and for that to happen I need to provide a pleasant presentation. If I am constantly grumbling, angry, have a frown, and am hard to work with no one will be drawn to the God I claim to serve. If I act and look like everyone else I will fail to demonstrate the unique relationship believers have with Christ.
“Look at Christian people, look at the impression they give!” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
For seven years I met with clients in a para-church ministry on a daily basis. Many were unchurched for three generations. They knew a lot about religion, but had no connection with God. I always felt the impression I gave was key to giving them the right impression of Christianity. If they could observe the joy of being connected to God by my behavior then surely they would become interested in learning more?
What comes to peoples minds when they think of you?
“There is no happiness finally, there is no peace, there is no joy except we be right with God” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Even in times of trial we should stand out as different. People should see that we are able to withstand suffering in a way that they cannot understand. We should demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. When people think of us they should wonder how she maintains such joy when she is suffering so much.
Life is difficult for everyone. There are days when it is hard to get out of bed let alone get to work. There are challenges that linger and we can become depressed and full of worry. It’s at those time that we need to dig deep into our relationship with God so that we can continue to love and serve others.
It’s at those times that God’s strength can help us hold our head high and smile. We can let the Holy Spirit gleam through our eyes letting others know just how beautiful and powerful He is. There is amazing power in a smile and in being a joyous pleasant person. It is through everyday acts of kindness that we can shine our brightest.
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