One of my favorite quotes by Christian author Max Lucado is, "To call yourself a child of God is one thing. To be called a child of God by those who watch your life is another thing altogether."
It reminds me of another old saying -- actions speak louder than words.
It isn't enough to say "I am a Christian," nowadays. For some, hearing you're a Christian makes people turn and walk away. Others, those who believe in Jesus, find comfort in it.
But I am finding more and more these days that people don't like Christians because of so many reasons.
My buddy Jason said something the other day that has stuck with me this week. He said, "Christians have become so lazy." He is right, we have.
We stay in our own little world of going to church on Sundays and Wednesdays and the occasional small group here and there. But then what?
What happens when we go home and shut the door? Do we act the same as we did when we sat in the pew at church?
We find ourselves struggling just to give God 15 minutes every day to read His word.
We get too comfortable. We get in a routine and are usually only jolted when tragedy strikes. And even then our jolt of being "on fire" for Him seems to only be temporary.
What I am trying to say is let's stop being lazy and just "OK" with our everyday routines.
As a Christian, God gives us an abundant life and we should be living like that. If we really did, then maybe when people hear the word "Christian" come out of our mouths, they wouldn't shutter.
I know there are people in the news, on TV, people we even look up to that give Christians a bad name. But that doesn't have to be the case for you and your family.
We are all human, therefore, we are all going to make bad decisions in life. The answer to our bad decisions is the Lord God Himself. Only He can bring us to the place we need to be in order to be the person He created us to be.
So this week, take the time to examine your life. Ask God to show you what you can do to help further His kingdom and act like a child of The King.
If you met someone today and didn't say the words "I am a Christian," would they know you are His child? Do you love people like He does? Do you walk around beaten down and distraught? Or do you walk with faith, knowing that He is control?
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.