Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Ripple Starts Here!

Quote for December 7th

Be such a person and live such a life, that if every person, was a person like you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God’s paradise. ~Phillips Brooks~

Often people get the attitude that they think it’s a drag having to set a good example. To them that’s someone else’s job, a task they don’t want because it would ruin their “fun” here on earth. On the other side of the coin are the people who don’t think they are setting a bad example when they truly are.

It’s no secret that bad behavior is more contagious, it’s something a person tends to pick up on quicker or easier than good conduct. However that should not stop us from being the kind of person that if there were enough of us alike it would be God’s paradise on earth. Boy how wonderful that would be!

As Christians we need to wake up and realize our lives are bugged. People are watching, people are paying attention to all that we do whether good or bad. It is because of that, that we need to focus on our passions for Christ making sure they have invaded us clear down to the bone of our inner being. A way of life that is the same at home as at church or anywhere else we go in life.

Truly we can teach what we know but we can only reproduce what we are. What we are begins at a point of origin where the rock of Jesus comes into our lives. Something that starts a ripple effect that needs to spread to all we come into contact with. Stopping that from happening by bad choices or attitudes would be like putting up our hand and stopping Jesus from passing by and allowing Satan the right away instead.

Face it. We will never be the “perfect” person. However that doesn’t matter because what is needed are Christians invaded by their love and passion for Christ. Occupied so much that nothing can stop the ripple, the spread of the outcome from being all we can be in Christ. Amen? AMEN!

CLOSING THOUGHT: God gave us a job and that was to bring Heaven to earth in order to lead people to Christ by the witness we give, the choices we make, and the attitude we display. We can’t be guilty of just accepting our current behavior as something that comes with the 20th century or whatever century thereafter. Our lives need to reflect the words that Jesus spoke once when He said, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” Is that true with us? It needs to be.

Our lovely host this week is Lori over at All you have to give wonder on over there and be a part of the fun.


Anonymous said...

Truly we can teach what we know but we can only reproduce what we are.

This is what is sticking to me this morning! Thank you for your thoughts.

Be blessed!

lori said...

you got me with the RIPPLE STARTS HERE...
I LOVED that!
That is exactly what this quote speaks of!
I LOVE getting to see how a quote strikes other people, especially a quote that has impacted me so much!
Thank you for your thoughts!
I am writing the "ripple" down!!

Heather@Mommymonk said...

One more ring in the ripple...