In Home with a Heart, James Dobson tells a story of a mother who got the flu. The woman’s little girl, in an effort to play nurse, fluffed mom’s pillows, brought her a magazine, and surprised her with a cup of tea.
“I didn’t know you knew how to make tea,” said the mother, taking a sip.
“Oh, yes,” said the little girl, sweetly. “I learned by watching you. I put the tea leaves in the pan. Then I put in the water, and I boiled it. Then I strained it into a cup. But I couldn’t find a strainer, so I used the flyswatter instead.”
“You what?” said the mother.
“Don’t worry,” the little girl assured her. “I didn’t use the new flyswatter. I used the old one.”
We’re being watched. By little eyes, big eyes, even skeptical eyes.
I know we’re not supposed to worry about what others think of us. We’re supposed to be God-pleasers, not man pleasers. But God also wants us to be mindful of those around us. We’re salt and light, called to live lives worth emulating.
As God’s representatives who bear his name, we’re to glorify him and make him look good. This is our divine privilege. God wants us to make a positive Kingdom difference wherever we go.
[box] Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Colossians 4:5[/box]
[box] …So that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders. 1 Thessalonians 4:12[/box]
Little acts of kindness like friendly smiles, kind words, and caring cups of tea can show God’s love.
Lord, we want to be filled with your love to the brim and overflowing. Help us live lives worth imitating. Lives that say, “follow me as I follow Christ.”