How Are We Known By Others?

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

How are we known? What is the first thing we think of when someone mentions a name? Is it what the person looks like? Who they associate with? Where they live?

Or maybe they are known by something in their personality. Are they sincere? Cranky? Pleasant?

During a conversation with a friend, Dan mentioned he was reading a James A. Michener book. I held my fingers about four inches apart as he smiled. Yep. Michener is known for long books that are not fast reads.

Dan said Michener admitted his books start out slow and he loses readers because of that, but Michener didn’t care. The way Michener looked at it, he only wanted the people who were interested in his work to read his books.

That conversation got me thinking about what our life stories say about us. Are we known as consistent in our message, so people know what they will get when they enter into a conversation with us? Do they know the things we are passionate about, the things we care enough about to step up and do something? Can they believe what we say we’ll do, we’ll do?

The saying goes the acorn didn’t fall far from the tree.

If we truly are the sons and daughters of the Only True and Living God, joint heirs with his son, Jesus Christ, shouldn’t our lives reflect that we’re a spitting image of our Father?

Can people see Jesus in us by the way we live? Is his love for humanity evident in how we treat others? If not, why not? Our acorn should not fall far from Jesus.

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Your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples. John 13:35 (TLB)

I wish you well.


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