I read a little parable this week about a traveller walking down a country road, who saw a farmer out working in his field.
Hoping to find a place to rest, the traveller stopped to ask the man, “Are you a Christian?” He said.
Pausing for a moment, the farmer stepped away from his plow, asked the traveller for a pen and paper, and proceeded to write down a list of names.
“Go and ask these people,” he said, “and they will tell you.”
As I read that story, I got to thinking about my own life and the people who know me. Who would they say that I am?
Jesus says, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:35, NIV)
Stop and think about that for a minute, it’s not by the way that we dress or what church we attend, it’s by the way that we love. It’s the forgiving way we react to those who hurt us. It’s the goodness we bestow on those who hate us. It’s the gentle way we react to those who curse us. It’s the way we pray for those who use us. That’s how they know we belong to God. That’s how they know we are His.
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By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35, NIV)
Darlene Schacht and her husband Michael live in Manitoba Canada where the summers are beautiful and the winters are cold. Together they’ve come to learn that relationships aren’t always easy, but that marriage, the way God intended it to be, is a treasure worth fighting for.
She began her publishing journey about twelve years ago when she pioneered one of the first online magazines for Christian women, known at the time as “Christian Women Online Magazine.” After three years, Darlene left CWO to blog as a solo author at Time-Warp Wife Ministries.
It was also during this transition that she worked alongside actress Candace Cameron Bure to write the NYT Best-Selling book, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness. Reshaping it All was the winner of both the 2011 USA Best Book Awards and the 2012 Christian Reading Retailers Choice Awards.
Author of more than 15 books, Darlene continues to write and to minister to her readers through her blog at TimeWarpWife.com.
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