It is said that people can learn about other people by watching their actions. This is very prevalent with toddlers and young children. When we are little we are like a sponge soaking up whatever we are exposed to…when a child is playing with something and gets frustrated and exclaims “Dammit” the adults will look in surprise and wonder where did you hear that? Well they don’t come up with it all by themselves…they have witnessed it either live in-person or on TV or some other form of media.
This ability to learn by watching others does not disappear completely when we become adults. Yet in our self-centered world we forget the impact our actions have on those around us. The most popular verse around this thought is John 13:35…“By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” There is also a popular christian song entitled “They will know we are Christians by our love”…it has been covered many times by groups like Jars of Clay, For King and Country and artists like Rebecca St. James.
All of this points to one simple fact, people will know what you stand for by how you act in every situation and every interaction…so when you think about your daily life…What do others see in you?
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
(This photo was taken in the fall of 2013 by my daughter in central Minnesota)