If you don't do constant upkeep on your reputation you do a disservice to our Lord who we represent as believers:
Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable,
so that when they speak against you as evildoers,
they may see your good deeds
and glorify God on the day of visitation.
1 Peter 2:12
So now is a good time for you to do a good self examination inside and take stock, for its not all about YOU - its all about Jesus in you.
Do not let your adorning be external -
the braiding of hair and putting on of gold jewellery,
or the clothing you wear -
but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart
with the imperishable beauty
of a gentle and quiet spirit
which in God's sight is very precious.
1 Peter 3:3-4
I think a really good way to take stock is to ask yourself "What do others see in me?" Really try to step into someone else's shoes and get to know the you that they see. And if you are brave enough you might even ask for a "report" from someone you love and trust enough to give you honest answers. Be prepared to lay down your little perfect vision of yourself. You may be surprised what a wonderful exercise this is in renewing your relationships with others.
Think of it this way - you walk into your own home each and every day, sometimes several times a day but you sometimes never think what it must look like to a visitor. Try looking at your own doorstep the next time you enter.
I give you a challenge today - be accountable for whatever trait you might have at the moment that might be hindering your walk with God. Choose someone close to you and invite them to pray for this area. You needn't even confess what this might be, but allow your trusted friend to pray with you and check back in a while to see how you're working in this area. God built us to be accountable to one another. Sometimes our flaws draw us together in a way nothing else can.
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Sheryl Parolin is hosting a "Women's Sweet Night" in her home. This is by invite and you are welcome to bring a friend as well. We would love an RSVP to get a number on the desserts. I will be guest speaking as well :) Come out for a night of food, fellowship and fun!
Thursday, Feb 10
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Prayer at Kaye's
Every Tuesday - 10:00 a.m.
Friday Night Open Worship
Every Friday - 7:00
Osoyoos Christian Centre
42 Finch, Osoyoos
For more info: 250-495-2550