One of my favorite personal quotes is: If you were to take off all your jewelry, strip off your bumper stickers, and shut down your Facebook page, would anyone know you’re a Christian?
It came to me some time ago that there are two major types of Christians. Because, put plain and simply, there are those that live it and those that don’t. In other words, ones you know are living for God beyond a shadow of a doubt and those you actually have to ask.
I want to be that kind of Christian that no one has to ask about. Not the kind to put my light under a bushel. I don’t want my salt to lose its savor. After all, I don’t want to be the one left on the outside, knocking, and crying “Lord, let me in!” only for Him to say, depart from me, I never knew you.
I want to live what I say I am. The love, the lifestyle, the knowing who I am first so that other people can know who I am too. I don’t want it to be in the fact that I wear skirts… that should be an oversight in my eyes. That’s just who I am on the inside oozing out to the outside. It’s not a statement. And it’s not meant to be demeaning. It’s not anything but me and God.
I think the REAL test of whether or not we’re really living the Christian life is what we do and who we are in front of our kids, our husbands, our families and friends. Do they see it?
For me, they sure didn’t use to! That favorite quote of mine up there, about jewelry and bumper stickers and Facebook? That’s my favorite quote because that use to be me! I tell myself that daily!
Hey, Stace… do people see Jesus in you, or just the facade?
Yeah, I had the bumper stickers, the bracelets and necklaces. I had a Facebook wall that just made it look like I loved Jesus with everything in me. Like I was close to my Jesus.
In reality, I was on slow boat to hell, both in the very marrow of my bones as well as in my life. I drank, I cursed, I hated people, I fought, and I set an awful example for my children. I cost them the peace they should have had during a crucial point in my life and if nothing else, the hardest part for me? Forgiving myself for that.
Thank God, I’m not that person anymore. I’ve gotten rid of the jewelry. I don’t have any bumper stickers. And while my Facebook wall still looks like that of an evangelist, it’s the same way I am in
In real life, so it’s no longer a show. I try to walk and talk it and I am most aware of the woman I am for my husband and children.
I am just trying to be real today, sharing some of my personal thoughts without the SEO rut we bloggers can sometimes fall into. It’s like I realized last night, I don’t want to have to follow a checklist to make sure I’m “marketing” my stuff right.
I realized last night, I just want to WRITE. I’ve loved it for so long, and God has given me the ability and the platform and the time. Why not?
Now let’s all go out there and shine the way that Jesus intended us to!