Several months ago as I often do, I was checking the obituaries on a website for a funeral home in the town I grew up in. Going down the list of names, I came across the name of a fellow whom I hadn't seen in over forty years. Bob had worked in a local hardware store that my parents patronized.He was always very cheerful. And more than once I remember when Dad and Mom were going through some tough financial times, Bob seemed to come to the rescue with lower cost alternatives, some how-to instruction, or even carrying the bill for a short time.
On occasion over the last forty some years, I would think of that hardware store, the town, of Bob, and the good memories his actions back then had left with me. I hadn't known him very well, but what I did know was of his genuine concern and cheerful actions with people. It made me wonder ........... not so much what are people going to think of me, but what kind of impression am I making on folks that I meet? With only a brief encounter, what memories might a grade school age child have of me when he's in his fifties? Or even frighteningly so, what if I had instilled some bad thoughts in his mind? And if I had, how much might I have hindered his possible relationship with Christ? There are many Bible references regarding a man's character and integrity, but let me leave you with just one.
1 Corinthians 11:1-2 ESV
"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you."