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Topic: TV (10/04/18)
TITLE: They Are Watching
By Carolyn Ahrens
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As I flipped through the channels, I grew more disgusted. So many of the programs were about personal issues and sexual in nature. “How did it come to this?” I wondered. My mind was trying to tell me that it didn’t matter what I watched because I was a Christian and knew right from wrong, after all it was just entertainment, right? Though I lingered here and there, I reminded myself who I was. That sort of entertainment could be dangerous to my flesh, so I kept moving. Finally, I found a Christian movie and settled back to watch but my mind couldn’t focus. I believe the Holy Spirit was trying to help me understand something.
Our life is very similar to a movie. We are always being watched, especially us Christians, even though we may not realize it! What we do, how we act or respond to a situation, the words that come out of our mouth; it is all scrutinized by others. Our lives are always on display. Therefore, it is very important to let our light shine for Jesus at all times! We are beacons in a world that seems to be growing darker every day! We must show love and kindness even when we don’t feel like doing it! The bible instructs us to encourage and uplift others, even in our own time of need. In my own life, I have found it difficult at times to do this, especially when I have been wronged, but then a small voice comes across me and asks, “what would Jesus want me to do?”
I haven’t always done my best in challenging or painful situations. The Holy Spirit has pointed it out to me after the opportunity had past. As I have entered in and out of my own hardships, things that I never thought would happen to me, I’ve learned to be an encouragement to others during those times as well! It has helped me to cope better and receive healing in my own heart faster.
Helping others is what Jesus did even when he was being rejected and suffering! All that he went through was for our sake! Others were watching him and they are watching us too! Let our lives be the kind of movie that you are happy for people to watch! A kind of movie that gives others hope and encouragement! We must offer something different than the world offers or why else would anyone want to join us in our Christianity?
They will know us by our actions, our fruits; not by the Christian jewelry we wear or the tag on our cars nor which church we attend! Our lives should be a testimony and lead to our savior Jesus!
I don’t want someone to feel like they need to flip the channel, so to speak, when they get around me because of how I am portraying myself. I want my life to show the evidence of who I say I am; a follower of Christ!
Let us always remember…They are watching!
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