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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 19, 2013 - Between the Blinking

By William E. Richardson

I followed the car ahead of me to the intersection. Before I saw its brake lights, I noticed its blinking turn signal. Neither of us had to stop for long; the red light was flashing.

Shortly thereafter I arrived home and entered the house. I checked our answering machine. Like the turn signal and the stoplight, it indicated its number of recorded messages by blinking.

Jesus lived centuries before we had turn signals and traffic lights and answering machines. But our modern systems of on-and-off, on-and-off agree with part of Jesus' message to His followers.

He said plenty about letting our lights shine, but what He said includes blinking of sorts.

Matthew's Gospel records the balance. At one time Jesus said, "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 10:32, NKJV). At another time He told us, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

It takes both: talking about Jesus and showing our faith. We please the Heavenly Father with a constant mix of showing and telling. If we only tell, those we tell may not believe us. If we only show, those watching our lives may not understand the motive behind our actions.

It's the blinking — the combination of actions between our words and words between our actions — that catches people's attention.

The Holy Spirit wants to guide us every day. He helps us know when to let our actions say, "Here's the direction I'm turning" and when to say with words, "I have something to tell you."

We're surrounded by people who are watching and listening. They draw conclusions about their own need for God between the blinking.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at lights4god.wordpress.com.

 

 

 

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