Over the last several months, I have really noticed how easy it is to live as the world lives. I’m not talking about the big things, like buying lots of stuff, having an affair, abusing drugs and alcohol…things like that. I’m talking about the little things that are easy to slip into…things like…
- Lack of empathy – It’s way too easy to not see those that are in need around you. And it’s not just the homeless. With the current economy, there are many people that are just barely making ends meet. One flat tire or broken refrigerator could turn their lives upside down.
- Lack of respect – I see this in the way we all drive. People become practically robots, focused on just getting to their destination. We cut people off, flip people the “bird”, and are just plain rude to everyone in our path.
As Christians, we need to reflect Christ to the world around us. And this means in all of the little things too. If you have a little extra cash, help someone fix their tire or change their oil. In the middle of the afternoon traffic, give them the extra space to pull in. Be courteous and respectful in everything you do. And just smile.
Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think… (NLT)
You know, if all of us Christians just smiled and said a heartfelt “hello” to everyone we meet…the world would sit up and notice! And they would want to know why we are so nice…and we could tell them about Christ and his love for them. Just think of the lives that would be changed!
As for me, I’m going to try and do a better job of reflecting Christ to the world.