by David Phelps

"Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person." - Mother Teresa

June, 1996

For several weeks recently, our daughter, Monica, wanted to wear the same dress to church every Sunday. The reasons for this are known only to God and three-and-a-half-year-old girls. In any event, the dress became her "church dress," regardless of weather or parental objections. It's actually a very pretty little dress, light green with flowers on it, but my wife, Charlotte, and I simply became tired of seeing her in it. At one point, I said to my wife, "Well, at least she's consistent."

I don't know how many people noticed Monica being "consistent," but I do know that people around us notice whether we are being consistent. They notice when our words and actions are compatible with the Christianity we profess, and they also notice when they are not. When we are steadfast in living out our faith, others can clearly see the influence of Christ in our lives and conduct; they can say to themselves, "maybe there's something to this Christianity stuff, after all."

In geology, great features like the Grand Canyon are the result of constant erosion from wind, water or both. The change may not even be discernible as it takes place but over time it becomes readily apparent. An artist creates a work of art one brush stroke, line or tap of a chisel at a time. Similarly, through our constant, consistent faith-in-action, the Holy Spirit can create great works of witness.

"Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God." (Heb. 13:15-16 RSV.)


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