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BIBLE TEXT: 1 Timothy 4:12:
“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I feel that I am a fairly simple man. I love God, my country, my wife and daughter, my mom and dad, and my dog. I am proof that God does have a sense of humor. 251 days after I was born, He created a wife for me–specifically for me–a woman that has the patience for me and my kind of humor and immaturity.
When asked to contribute to Day in the Life, I was very hesitant. I am not a theologian, Bible scholar, or even a college graduate; I am just an ordinary guy with an ordinary life.
As many of you know, I wear many hats in my life. As stated before, I love God, which at times, for me, can be the most difficult hat to wear. Humbly saying that, here is my reasoning: I have worked part time in the restaurant/bar industry for over 10 years, and in that lifestyle, you meet all kinds. I cross paths with people that appear to have no direction and some that “appear” to have no direction but actually do.
I was working late one Saturday evening and a woman I see regularly was leaving to go home. In customary fashion, I held the door and told her to be safe going home. She turned to me and said, “I have to get home to get some sleep before church in the morning.” I replied, “Me too!” She immediately stopped and said, “You go to church too? Where do you go?”
The words “me too” must have struck a chord with her. She stopped and wanted to know more about me and my beliefs. We exchanged information in conversation about where we went to church (the greatest church in America), how long we had been Christians, and how we didn’t know this information about each other until that night. She told me how she sang in her choir and how far she had to commute to church. In mid-conversation, she stopped talking. She just looked down at the ground, and she looked up at me with tears in her eyes and said, “I love Him, I just love Him. He changed my life and I live for Him.” It appeared like it was a relief to say it out loud to someone. Just to say it. “I love Him.” She was on fire for Him and I felt it. We hugged and she went on her way. It was just that simple.
I see her very regularly now, but since that night, we look at each other different. We may not know each other, but we both know that we both live for Him.
Did me uttering the words, “me too” spark the conversation? I didn’t initiate it. I just responded to a customary statement. We discuss at Life Brothers (men’s life group shameless plug), that iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17). It’s good to know that even in the cloudiness of the different lifestyles we come around, that there still are people who are not afraid to say that they love Him. No frills, no parades, they simply love Him.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for my life as I have it. With the reward come challenges, but I know you won’t give me more than I can handle. Let me be the person that You want me to be. Let me stand out in a crowd. I pray that in the busyness of life, that I can slow down for You. Break my heart for what breaks Yours. In YOUR name ~ AMEN.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am married to Tracy Clarke, and we have a daughter named Taylor. We have been married 15 years. We have been attending Life for about 4 years and serve on Life’s Face Team. I am a U.S. Navy veteran and I currently work at Legends Title Services in Lebanon, and work part time on the weekends at Shipwreck Cove at Elm Hill Marina.