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Portion of a message from the Upper Room shared by Pastor Jim (article by Cindy Love, Texas)

posted Sep 7, 2016, 1:51 PM by Bowmansville UMC   [ updated Sep 7, 2016, 1:52 PM ]

Well over 100,000 miles ago I had a new car and put one of those shiny fish on the rear door to let everyone know, “I am a Christian!”  As the car and I both aged, I came to the realization that motoring around with a fish on the back of my car set me up for scrutiny.  I had to ask myself, What do others really see when they look at me? Do they see an example of a Christlike life? Or do they see a hypocrite? 

After all, I do not always love others as I should, and I know I frequently fail to keep my tongue under control. Like Paul, instead of doing what I know is right, I sometimes do the things I hate. (See Rom. 7:15.)

A few years back, a hailstorm did some obvious damage to both the car and the fish. No windows were broken, but the car sustained many dents. The hail also broke off part of the fish’s tail and scoured away most of the shiny finish. 

Somehow, I am much more comfortable with the less-than-perfect fish!  Every time I load or unload something from the back of the car, I am reminded that while I am less than the shining example I strive to be, I will continue to strive. That is the journey of a Christian.

Thought for the Day:    What do my actions show others about Christ?