One of my favorite parts of growing up in a church was attending Bible camp at Red Rock Lake. Teen camp to be exact. Every summer I spent a week in a little red cabin, and every summer I was better for it. I loved everything about camp from chapel time with my friends in the morning to meals in the mess hall at lunch.
I must have met hundreds of girls there over the years, but few stood out like Jodi Baker–living life big, and loving the life that she lived. You don’t meet people like that too often–in love with God, in love with their life, and in love with the people around them. If and when you do, they leave a lasting impression on you.
John writes, By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35 KJV)
The sad thing is that most Christians aren’t all that recognizable. Sure they might know that we go to church, that we listen to worship music, that we carry our Bibles around in our purse, or that we homeschool our children.
But do they know that we are Christians by our love?
Do they see us putting others before ourselves? Do they see us speaking kindly, or putting others down? Do they see us giving up our time to lend a hand?
If actions speak louder than words, imagine the potential that love has to not only preach the gospel, but to shout it from the roof tops loud and clear.
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As you are going about your week, make an effort to put others before yourself. Speak kindly instead of putting others down. Give up some time to lend a hand to someone else. In other words, preach the gospel by your love.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. (John 13:35 KJV)
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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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The Time-Warp Wife