Have you ever thought about the fact that if you are a Christian you are a human Bible? People form their impressions of Christianity not just from what Christians say, but also by what Christians do and how Christians treat others. My parents always told me, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” That has stuck with me for many years and I try to remember it when I meet someone.
Once it’s known that we’re Christians, people look at us and make judgments about what Christians are all about. This can have negative consequences if we display bad behavior, but it can also have positive ones. Francis of Assisi is widely quoted as saying that we should preach the gospel all the time, using words when necessary. Our everyday actions often fall into the category of us demonstrating our faith to the world “without using words.”
No matter where you are in life’s journey, if you will remember that you are in the holy presence of God, He won’t seem like some distant figure. He will become a familiar presence in your everyday life. It will remind you to turn to God with your worries because he is always there for you. Hopefully, it will remind you to treat others with kindness and respect. You never know what might be troubling someone else. When you have something nice to say to someone, don’t hesitate to say it. When you can do something to help someone else, by all means do it. You never know when something you do or say will make a big difference in someone else’s life. Remembering you are in the holy presence of God reminds us to live in a respectful way. A long time from now people will not remember what you wore, what you said, or what you did. However, they will remember how you treated them. A quote by William J. Toms is significant: “Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads.”