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.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Jars of Clay

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In the eighth chapter of Sheila Walsh’s book, Get Off Your Knees and Pray, there is one of the best explanations I’ve read, or heard, of the scripture in 2 Corinthians, where Paul says the people of God carry around Christ’s treasures in our common, everyday-variety, jars of clay bodies.

Questions Sheila said some people pose are: Why does God give more gifts to some believers than others? Why do some Christians have much easier lives than others? Why does God say yes to some people’s prayers, and no to others?

In the parable Jesus taught in Matthew 25:14-30 about the master who went away and entrusted his servants with different responsibilities, the master did give more to some than to others. What matters to the master is what each servant did with their gift. Good stewardship is expected, regardless of the gift.

We are to bring everything we have been given as an offering to God. Undervaluing the gift God gives us because it isn’t as showy or in the public eye as someone else’s gift, misses the point…God gives us our specific gifts with us in mind.

Pilot is an artist. I am not. If we both received the same birthday present of art paper, one of us would use it as intended and showcase his talent and interest. The other would not use it for the purpose the paper was designed, instead, she would probably write on it.

For one, the gift would be used as the creator of the gift intended. For the other it would not.

When we give gifts to others don’t we try to give them something we believe they will enjoy?

God does the same. He created us. He knows what he put into us to enjoy. Those are the gifts he gives. We don’t need to receive one of the so-called showy gifts to prove God loves us.

We carry those treasures around in our unadorned jars of clay to show any good thing we are able to accomplish is from God, not from ourselves. We need not wish for the gifts God gives others. Instead we need to use what he gives us, and be glad.

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We have this treasure from God, but we are like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that the great power is from God, not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Red As Crimson

My favorite blouse. I couldn’t believe it. Red stains from where it touched the red blouse that hung next to it, as both dried after being hand-washed. Nasty red blouse. (Now, while red is the favorite color of several close relatives…sorry, but it is not mine. So having my blue soiled by red, did not please me.)

I scrubbed, and scrubbed, and scrubbed. I tried various stain removal products. Nothing helped. The stains would not budge.

While I worked on this dilemma, it dawned on me. Isn’t that the way it is with the sbing photoin in our lives? We don’t have to be wrapped in it, smeared by it, or even dunked into it, to have it stain us. It can be a casual thing. A momentary lapse of reasoning and good sense. It can be subtle. A brief encounter. Nonetheless, the stain is there. We’re soiled.

No amount of washing, scrubbing, or product can remove it from us. Nope. The stain is permanently inked on our heart.

The front of my blouse looks okay, no stain there, but I don’t want to be confined to wearing my blouse under a sweater, or make sure I never let anyone see my back.

Sorta’ like when we try to hide our sins under wraps, or make sure no one can see them. I think there’s a word for that…facade?

I’ve yet to decide what to do about my blouse. Try to bleach it white, then dye it blue, again? Dye it a darker shade? I should probably decide soon, and make the changes, before the blouse no longer fits. 😉

But, fortunately, we don’t need to wonder how to remove the stain of our sin. Because God has told us he will remove all our sins, through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross of Calvary, when we give our lives to him. Because of Jesus’ blood, our sins will be made whiter than snow, and remembered no more. Praise, God!

Like me, do you have some stains that need removed? Tell Jesus. Nothing but his blood will do the job.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Come, let’s talk this over, says the Lord; no matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool! Isaiah 1:18 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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