Make an effort to walk the walk every day of the week!
Yipee! give me a minute I'll get to the point! My baby brother (BB) is getting married! She (SiL) is sweet and makes him happy. What more could I ask? He picked a girl so much like his big sister it is scary. She loves animals, hates people, is afraid of most me and her family thinks she is a bad joke. Yep. That's me.
For the first time since he got engaged to his first wife BB is talking to me. We were very close when we were kids but his first wife didn't like me. Now I know why he was so distant all those years. HER! He has been so unhappy for the last 10 years. It was heart breaking for big sis to watch. My laughing, clown of a brother turned into a quiet, withdrawn man. I never understood the change until now. I also found out why he refuses to go to church even though I know he is a christian.
Dislike is an understatement when it comes to the ex. The two of us never got along. The dislike was mutual. The witch went to church every Sunday, sang in the choir and went to ladies Bible study. After 7 years of marriage she cheated on BB with a married man she went to church with. She divorced BB to marry this other guy. I hope that they have an open marriage. Monogamy is improbable!
*one of BB's issues with "church people"
It just so happens that his boss goes to church BB grew up in. Boss is a nice well to do Sunday Christian. He preaches a good sermon and says all the right things in Sunday school. Come Monday morning Boss is an entirely different person. BB wouldn't tell me much about it. He is confiding in me like he did before the ex but he is still a very private person.
*issue #2 Sunday Christians
Please, if you talk a big game at church, make sure you live up to your words. Jesus teaches us to be humble. To take up our cross and follow him. Not just on Sunday but every day of the week. Don't talk about how big your mansion is going to be in heaven or pretend you are any better than the next person. We are all sinners. Humble yourself before God and His church. Have the untainted faith of a child.
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
Oh be careful little ears what you hear
Oh be careful little mouth what you say
For the father up above is looking down in love
You never know who is watching.
The Bible tells us not to cause someone else to sin. How does arrogance in the church affect those who are "unworthy"? How does the clickish attitude of a church affect the young lady trying to learn about the love of Christ? Is it ok to be unkind to someone who strikes you wrong?
No one is worthy of the love of God. We are all sinners. Please be humble in all that you do. No one is perfect. I know this. Go out of your way to show kindness. Have a gentile heart.
Please pray for BB and SiL. I pray that every thing works out for them and that they both realize "Church" is not a bad place. I pray that he can forgive his ex and have a successful relationship with SiL. SiL has more issues that I do. I pray for BB to have the patience to help her. To realize her full potential. I pray for her to learn how to trust BB and see that he isn't like all the men who have hurt her.
Please, Don't be a Sunday Christian. Be a Christian every second of every day of the week! Don't be a stumbling block! You never know who is watching!
And if you talk the BIG talk on Sunday morning, make sure you walk the walk the other 6 days of the week!
steps back from the pulpit and takes her seat in the shadows at the back of the church. The mice love her quiet company.