After reading this (below) I wonder how many times we give people “mixed” signals. Do you have a fish symbol on the back of your car or a cross hanging from your rearview mirror, or maybe a window decal of a little boy praying? Yet you are willing to drive over the speed limit, blow your horn at traffic and let other drivers know you are frustrated.
What about the jewelry you wear? Do you have a cross around your neck but short-change the waitress? or make unreasonable demands on other service people? Think about your Christian t-shirts … what are you really saying to people?
I know we are only human. I’ve broken the speed limit, blown my horn, shaken my fist, and worse. But my humanity is not an excuse!
15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. ~ Romans 7: 15-20
The other day I went to the local religious bookstore where I saw a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker. I bought it and put it on the back bumper of my car and I’m really glad I did. What an uplifting experience followed!
I was stopped at the light of a busy intersection… just lost in thought about the Lord, and didn’t notice that the light had changed. That bumper sticker really worked! I found lots of people who love Jesus. Why, the guy behind me started to honk like crazy. He must really love the Lord because pretty soon he leaned out his window and yelled, “Jesus Christ!” as loud as he could. Why, it was like a football game with him shouting, “Go, Jesus Christ, Go!” Everyone else started honking too, so I leaned out my window and waved and smiled to all those loving people.
There must have been a guy from Florida back there because I could hear him yelling something about a sunny beach, and I saw him waving in a funny way with only his middle finger stuck up in the air. I had recently asked my two grandsons what that meant. They kind of squirmed, looked at each other, giggled and told me that it was the Hawaiian good luck sign, so I leaned out the window and gave him the good luck sign back. A couple of the people were so caught up in the joy of the moment that they got out of their cars and, were walking towards me. I bet they wanted to pray, but just then I noticed that the light had changed, and I stepped on the gas. Its a good thing I did, because I was the only car to get across the intersection. I looked back at them standing there. I leaned out the window, gave them a big smile,and held up the Hawaiian Good Luck sign as I drove away. Praise the Lord for such wonderful folks!
Love ya all, Grandma