I am always talking about being a good example for Christ. But does that mean you don’t have bad days? No Christians have bad days. Bad things happen to Christians as well.
Think about all the hero stories, the hero has bad things happen to them all the time. Think about it. Indie almost always gets captured, Luke got stuck in garbage, and people in Harry Potter’s world laugh at him. A Heroes and Christians have something in common. It is how they react under pressure. Indie never gives up, Luke never stops trying, and Harry Potter ignores the laughter.
I would like to say Christians never let you see the sweat, but we do so do those heroes.
What we have in common is the fact that we struggle. We also have this in common, we deal with our struggles. Wait a second doesn’t every person in the world deal with their struggles? OK, you have me. Then what is it?
It is how we deal with out struggles. Christians know that they have Jesus and have peace.
The peace of Jesus brings grace. Grace is the ability to know that no matter how dark it gets, God will be there. Grace gives us the ability to share Jesus’ love with the world. Even if we are not able to tell it to everyone, we can show God’s love by what we do.
With Grace, Grace does without shouting it. Grace doesn’t keep score. It isn’t some box you check off every day, it is just how you treat people every day. It is noticing that someone needs help and reaching out. Thinking about the heroes, when the deed is done, where do the heroes go? Indie goes back to his classroom unnoticed, Luke fades into the distance, Harry disappears to find Ron and Hermonie. Spider man takes off his mask and becomes the unassuming Peter Parker.
As Christians we don’t go around waving the “Holier than thou” flag. We are ordinary people with ordinary struggles, who trust and extra-ordinary God. A God who wraps His children in LOVE. Christians become more when we share His LOVE with others.
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.