"You may be the only 'Jesus' someone will ever meet." ~Anonymous
When our daughters were growing up and began noticing that people aren't perfect, it would frustrate and sometimes hurt them. Especially if it had to do with extended family members or "church people" that they loved and admired. That's when we would have to remind them that no one ~ not even Christians or family ~ are perfect.
I would tell them that when friends, co-workers or even Christians disagree with each other or are snarky or rude, to try not to be caught-up in the moment and go along with it. It's hard not to go along and it may cost you a friendship, but "Someone has to 'be Jesus' in the situation, and it will probably have to be you."
And like most "sayings," those hard situations will eventually come around to us. There are very few of us who go to school or work with all professing Christians. In most cases, we are the only Christians in our class or at our workplace. Well then, act like it.
Last week, our pastor reminded us that "We are citizens of Heaven and we should act like it!" Yes, it will be great when we go Home, but if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, we are God's children HERE. And in no other time in this sinful world do we have an opportunity to shine with the difference Jesus has made in our lives than during an occasion when we will have to do what is right, to stand firm in our faith . . . to "be Jesus" . . . when no one else will.
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><