The other day, my daughter ran into the store for a minute while I sat in the car with her kids. Five minutes later, she came out laughing. It seems we always see something funny at 7-11 and this day was no different.
“A kid in the store was being a goof.” She said, “He was pretending to be sick by coughing and sneezing, and his dad wasn’t laughing one bit.”
I was reminded of my own boys and how their behavior reflected on me as a parent. Brendan was our first. He was so well behaved that it made us look good. Nathaniel and Graham on the other hand were little monkeys and the world was their jungle.
I got to thinking about this today as I was reading Colossians Chapter 4. Paul writes,
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (Colossians 4:5, NIV)
And I wondered, are we on our best behavior as children of God? Are we drawing others to Christ by the way that we live, or turning them off? Paul is telling us here to make the most of every opportunity. In other words, we need to make each moment count, not for ourselves but for the glory of God. To be wise in the way that we act toward others.
As representatives of our Father, we need to be loving, and graceful and kind. And yes, we need truth. Truth that is handled with grace and seasoned with salt.
Matthew Henry writes, “Grace is the salt which seasons our discourse, and keeps it from corrupting. It is not enough to answer what is asked, unless we answer aright also.”
Outsiders are watching. They’re looking to us and asking themselves, “Do I really want Jesus?”
What is the answer we’re living?
In answering that, we need to be walking in grace and in truth. Truth that is bathed in wisdom that comes from the Word and grace that’s delivered through us from the Father.
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Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6, 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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