Have you been to Pinterest? Wow! I can get so busy there browsing great ideas for family, home, and ministry. For me, it’s like being in a room of glossy pictures and yanking the ones I want to file ever so quickly for those rainy days when my inspiration syncs with my determination.
I have a few followers there. One in particular reminds me, unbeknownst to her, that I am watched.
Quite frequently Emma repins my pins.
Emma is a young and fresh soul in the midst of high school. My pins are noticed by her. Ultimately, how I live my life is noticed by her and others. She’s just comfy enough to follow someone who’s old enough to be her mom.
This reminds me that my words, actions, and life are noticed by others. I am a little Christ to those observing how I move through my days and circumstances. My words are heard. My actions are seen. Opinions are formed.
Did how I respond to that clerk (or my husband or children or parents) make an impression of an attribute that pins grace to the observer’s mind? Or, did my response go on a pin board of “how not to be”?
I have a tendency to pin myself to high expectations. I am not encouraging this habit, but there is a standard in Scripture to apply as I move through my days publicly and privately.
“And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.” Titus 2:7 (NLT)
Let everything I do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching. Everything. Well, that’s pin-worthy, huh?
In a moment one deliberate, careless word or action could ruin my testimony. I cringe as I think of the times I have made mistakes that probably left people scratching their heads over my calling as a Bible study teacher. (Insert thankfulness for God’s gracious goodness in forgiving me of those sins.)
Sure, we are going to make mistakes. When I do, I hope I handle it well so that it is pin-worthy to those Emmas who are observing.
Even our mistakes can be teachable moments for us and others as they observe our reactions.
I pray that God sees my life as pin-worthy. Truly, His opinion is the only one that matters. But, in the meantime, I want to be about living a life in a way that honors Him among others.
Join me, won’t you? Let’s live a life that is pin-worthy for Him.
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