Kathy Bernard - Publisher
"Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father Who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
THERE is a story of a priest who moved to Houston, Texas to become the pastor
of a church there. Some weeks after he
arrived, he had occasion to ride the bus from the rectory to the downtown area. When he
sat down, he discovered that the driver had accidentally given him a quarter too much
AS he considered what to do, he thought to himself, 'you better give the
quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it'. Then he thought, 'Oh, forget it, it's only a
quarter. Who would worry about this little amount? Accept it as a gift from God and keep
WHEN his stop came, he paused momentarily at the door of the bus in
indecision, and nodding to himself mentally, he handed the quarter to the driver and said,
"Here, you gave me too much change." With
a smile, the driver replied, "Aren't you that new priest in town? I have been thinking lately about going back to
church. I just wanted to see what you would
do if I gave you too much change." When the priest stepped off the bus, he literally
grabbed the nearest light pole and held on and looking up to the heavens said, "O
God, I almost lost a soul for a quarter."
WHAT an awesome responsibility we have as disciples of Jesus Christ! Are you a true witness of your faith? Some of us do not realize that unbelievers and
faltering Christians are watching and what they perceive from us can set an example they
may erroneously follow. Do not blithely go
about your daily duties without putting into action the appearance of Jesus. Remember that we must be a catalyst in assuring
that no soul should perish on our watch. Allow God to use you to witness for Him.
BE attentive how you present yourselves.
We can never know if something in our manner or action is detrimental to the
Christian image necessary to bring others to salvation.
Matthew 18:6 tells us But if anyone causes one of these little ones who
believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his
neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
BE cautious of how and what you say for words are powerful tools. A kind and understanding word can make others
think of higher possibilities. Job 4:4 reads Your
words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. And so, we must constantly be on guard lest we
become responsible for someone falling away from a budding belief in our heavenly Father.
KNOW that many learn through the examples we show in our demeanor. Be alert for there are those who see any
deviation from the truth and Christianity we hope to portray. Be well balanced (temperate, sober of
mind, presenting a Christ-like image, ), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that
enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a roaring
lion, seeking someone to seize upon and devour. 1 Peter 5:8
OUR works should leave an imprint on those we meet, a memory of something
unforgettable and special, yet readily accessible to all.
Carry an attitude of joy, and of love, with a beacon of hope and a sense of eternal
victory, so all who see this in us will strive to attain it for themselves.
GIVE generously without expecting a return. Love without condition. Spread joy with a word, a touch, or a smile. Let no man see in us an evil spark of temper or a
yearning for things contrary to the things Jesus taught.
Leave others optimistic and feeling better about themselves.
NONE of these qualities can show unless we are in good standing with God. It is only from our friendship with Him that His
radiance can shine through us. Those we come
in contact with will muse, I cannot put my finger on it but there is something about
AND so, we must constantly examine ourselves daily, being cognizant of sin
disguised as benign yet is the darkness of unrighteousness and the work of Satan. Be alert and attentive lest the very act of
living present new threats of sin. Keep a
clear perception and stronghold of rightfulness. Do
not be content to live in straw houses cemented with the mud of ungodly ignorance. Keep in mind the Lord is
faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from sin. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
DO not find a rationalization for actions and ignore what the Holy Spirit is
warning us against in moments of temptation. It
is the small things that endanger us, things we minimize as minor acts but can leave a
hole within our souls that we do not realize is there.
This tiny opening can be a wedge to allow admittance to bigger sin.
PAY strict and particular attention to the conscience. Self-knowledge means knowing the pitfalls of sin
that we may be contemplating. Do not worry;
the Lord has placed something within all of us Who will warn of adverse actions if we will
quietly listen and take notice of that inner voice called the Holy Spirit.
BE prayerful in all things for prayer is the nuclear bomb for the Christian. Held in a faithful hand, it is more lethal than
even Satans wiles and it can produce strength and courage to walk away from ungodly
THE prayerful carries an aura of holiness that others can emulate. Used often, prayer gives strength and insight and
most importantly a spiritual closeness that goes beyond understanding. Let faith precede you so it can be recognized. 1Peter 2:5 states "you are like living stones, being built
into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable
to God through Jesus Christ
JOHN 13:15 teaches, For I have given you an example, that you should do as
I have done to you". Therefore, we must stand tall for we are the
ambassadors of the living God. Be proud, for we are under the authority of the risen
Christ. These are credentials no man can seize and destroy, for we have been
stamped with an eternal seal that can never be broken by any man.
"Live a life filled with love for others,
following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to
take away your sins. And God was pleased, because that
sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him." - Ephesians 5:2
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