I recently had a 'run-in' with a lady from the nearby school. She and many others know that I am a Christian. Some of them know what a 'Christian' is and others have their own interpretations.Some call Christianity, Catholicism, others think it's Pentecostal, while a few say it's Jehovah Witness etc etc.
All these I call , 'Denominations". But being a Christian, as I emphasized to this woman, is not a denomination which I follow or belong to. Whom I follow and belong to is Jesus Christ Himself. Hence the name "Christian".
Anyway, back to my friend. The people she associates with needed some much aquired help at the school., so I volunteered on a weekly basis. They all know how uncomfortable I feel when the name of Jesus Christ and God are blasphemed and put into a very offensive sentence...so the others try their hardest not swear or say anything offensive around me out of respect. And I also do the same for them. I listen to what they have to say, even when it offends me , I don't say a word but freedom of speech is given to them. But when it comes to me, I get attacked for not 'swearing', or not taking part in gossip, or foul jokes.and for that I am branded as a "goody two-shoes" and a "good Catholic Christian"(??) and 'perfect' etc.
Now I've never ever once said I was any of the above or given anyone the impression that I want them to hold their tongues when I'm around. Some of them just chose to do that........But truly I know it is the conviction of the Holy Spirit rebuking their hearts when they are around me. Me? Yes, me. a NOBODY. A 'GOODY-TWO-SHOES" if I may...... It's not me who they're convicted of, or rebuked by but it is He who shines in me for His glory .
My prayer each day is this:LORD, WHEREVER I GO,WHATEVER I SAY,WHOEVER I MEET, LET THEM SEE YOU IN ME...MAY YOU SHINE UPON MY FACE, MAY THEY HEAR THE PEACE IN MY VOICE AND MAY I HAVE THE WALK WORTHY OF YOU THAT THEY MAY KNOW WITHIN.....that I HAVE BEEN WITH JESUS......(Acts 4:12-14)
To be falsely accused by non-believers is a hard thing to argue. The more you argue the more they attack & by the end of it all (if there is ever an end) they end up putting "words in your mouth" and you're left with such a down feeling that you wonder 'what happened here?'.......And that's how the enemy wants you to feel. Defeated! But God forbid this because His Word says, 'We are more than Conquerors in Christ Jesus our Lord!"".........And He warns us to "avoid foolish disputes".
So in my Christian walk with the Lord every day in the last 23 years,
I have failed much, but have learned much.
Have spoken foolishly quickly and wisely slowly,
have jumped when I should've thought first and
restrained from acting irrationally.
LIFE IS EDUCATION WHEN.......... KNOWLEDGE BECOMES UNDERSTANDING AND WISDOM LEADS YOU TO ETERNAL LIFE.
That's all that matters.........................to me, anyway.
My volunteering days at the school are over........Now I volunteer to kneel before His majesty's feet.