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Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it might benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29
One of the most uncomfortable flights I have ever been on was from Denver to Seattle. It started off as a great flight. I had an exit row, my devices were fully charged, and we were running on time. Everything changed as my seatmates arrived. It was a husband and wife, and to say they were having a bad day is the understatement of the year. They were polite when they sat down, but that quickly faded after take-off. I suppose they forgot that they were on a crowded plane and started telling all their business. Before that flight was over, I knew all types of stuff that I didn’t need to know. I was shocked, horrified, and, to be honest amazed.
Often in life, we are being watched and overheard. It is not that people are nosy, or getting into our business, we simply are not invisible, and people can hear us. That couple forgot that I could hear all their business. They forgot that I could not only hear what they were talking about but also how they were talking to each other. I could hear if they had love in their voice or if they had contempt in their voice. I could hear if they were whispering sweet nothings to each other or if they were cussing like the cast of Jerry Springer. It was all there on display. When we exited the flight and were at baggage claim, a funny thing happened. I was being picked up by the people who were hosting me, so they had a sign that said Rev. Williams to identify themselves to me. The husband saw me and whispered to his wife, “Do you think he heard us?”
Friends, believe it or not, people are listening to us. When we as believers are out and about people are listening and watching us. What are we saying it the question? Does the cross around our neck speak louder than the way we talked to the clerk at the store? Does the “Jesus is my co-pilot” bumper sticker speak louder than the “hi sign” you gave the person who cut you off in traffic. Our actions as believers may be the only thing that someone who is struggling with faith sees. Our actions and our speech may be the difference between them trying to get closer to God, or deciding to never set foot into a house of worship. I know it is a lot, but we have to watch what we say and do because people are eavesdropping.