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Feb 5

Is Anyone Watching?

Is anybody watching?

Philippians 4: 9 says, “What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me –practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

I was thinking about that statement from the Apostle Paul the other day and I wondered aloud to a friend if people in Paul’s day thought he was crazy or extremely arrogant for saying, “Hey watch me live for Jesus. Watch every move I make and do exactly what I do.” My friend answered, “They probably thought he was a few bricks shy of a load.”

But the more I thought about it the more I understood what Paul was saying. Paul was not telling us to watch him be perfect, or never mess up. I believe he was telling us just the opposite. He was telling us to watch him live… to watch him fall and to watch him get back up again… to watch how he was assaulted by his enemies and how God’s grace sustained him.

Listen, we are watched whether we instruct people to watch us or not. Our lives are open books for all to read. Believe me, people are watching, especially those of us who are in ministry.

The question is … “What are people seeing and reading?”

What do they see in us… a life which profoundly displays the love, mercy and grace of Christ, or our foolish attempts to live for our own glory and selfishness? What is our family learning about love, life, and forgiveness from our walk with the Lord? We are all leaving footprints on the hearts that love us the most and watch us most closely.

Here’s what those eyes are hopefully seeing…

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator, and I immediately wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray dog, and I learned that is was good to be kind to animals

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me , and I learned that the little things can be the special things on life.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I knew that there was a God, and it was Ok to talk to Him and to trust Him.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make a meal for a friend who was sick and I learned that we are supposed to take care of each other.

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw how you went to work when you didn’t feel good, and I learned how to be responsible. (Source unknown)

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you give mom a hug, and I learned that it was Ok to be affectionate. (Mine)

When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you at my game and I knew you were proud of me whether I won or lost. (Mine)

You are always being watched. The most important people in your life and God are always watching. Make sure your footprints leave a trail right to the heart of God. “Let your good deeds shine for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:16 NLT)

Walk Worthy,
Pastor Rick

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