Have you ever wondered what your kids, your grandkids, your neighbors and your friends will say about you after you die? I sometimes wonder what my kids will say about me. I envision them at my memorial service saying, “Remember mom always said”:
- All God’s critters have a place in the choir
- Whenever we’re apart you are always in my heart
- Remember who you are and whose you are
- In reality they will probably be saying things like:
- We always had so much fun when mom was out of town
- Remember her dumb rule about not singing at the table
- It wasn’t if she would get a speeding ticket but when…
Recently I read an article written by Joe Mckeever. Mr. Mckeever talks about he and his wife doing the annual Christmas decorating of the outside of their home. While decorating they started talking about why they do this outside decorating.
The McKeever’s live in a small gated community of 25 homes. This community is surrounded by tall fences and only those with a remote sensor or code can enter. This security, which probably gives the residence a certain level of comfort, greatly limits the number of people that will see their holiday decorations.
One might wonder why the McKeevers would decorate for the holiday if no one, or at best very few, would see the adornment. The decorating of the outside of their home in this gated community might be like those of us that put up a Christmas tree – very few will ever see.
This article has me thinking about what I do personally and what we do as a church that “no one will see.” Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven.”
It is not about what you and I do but instead, it’s what you and I do that causes others to give glory to our Father in heaven.