“Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” ― Stephen Covey.
We are always being watched. I don’t mean by security cameras, policemen, or people trained to watch crowds. Rather, we are watched by our children, work associates, and friends to see what we do in a time of crisis. Eyes are eagerly seeking to discern if we are “what we profess to be”. Because honor and integrity are earned one decision at a time, we pray each day for the LORD to direct us in our choices throughout a day’s routine to make sure we honor Christ in each situation. More testimonies have been ruined in a weak moment that can be enumerated.
Each of us has businesses that we frequent weekly. As a result, the store keeper, clerks, and helpers get to know us. Not only do they recognize our faces, but they know if we have been courteous or rude, kind or cantankerous, patient or short-tempered. Over a period of time, they know us well enough to know that we are gracious, trustworthy, and honest in our dealings (if indeed, we are).
As a schoolboy, I worked with my father during the summer months. Each morning we stopped to pick up the early edition of the newspaper at a small grocery store.
One morning when we got to work, my father found that by mistake he had taken two newspapers instead of one. He first thought of paying the man the extra price the next morning, but then after a moment’s consideration he said, “I had better go back with this paper. I don’t want the man at the store to think I’m dishonest.” He got in his car, drove back to the store, and returned the paper.
About a week later, someone stole money from the grocery store. When police pinpointed the time it occurred, the grocer remembered only two people being in the store at the time—and one was my father. The grocer immediately dismissed my father as a suspect, saying, “That man is really honest. He came all the way back here just to return a newspaper he took by mistake.” The police then focused their investigation on the other man, who soon made a full confession. My father’s honesty made a big impression on that non-Christian storeowner, and on me. (Copied).
Rest assured that when we honor Christ in our demeanor, spirit, and kind words spoken, store clerks remember us. Sadly, if that is not the case, they remember us also, but not for the same reasons. Keep in mind today that wherever you are, whoever you meet, and whatever business you need to transact, you and I are ambassadors of our King Jesus. It is imperative that we dress, talk, and act like He would have us do. After, all… Christians are to be like Christ! (Copied).